The historical concentration is for students seeking a historically comprehensive, intellectually intense route through the major. Historical concentrators select 10 total courses, of which at least 4 must be seminars at the 200-level, 300-level, or 500-level. The Junior Research Seminar (English 200), required for the major, may be placed as appropriate among the 10 courses.
Eight of these courses are in historical periods, as follows:
- 18th century British
- 19th century British
- American pre 1900
- American post 1900
- Contemporary Lit
The other two courses are in the following categories:
- Literary Theory or Poetics
- Ethnic, Transatlantic, or Colonial Literatures in English
English majors historically have found the historical concentration to provide especially good preparation for applying to graduate school and for graduate study.