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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:  

  • Medieval
  • Renaissance/Restoration
  • 18th century British
  • 19th century British
  • American pre 1900
  • American post 1900
  • Modernism
  • 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.