Note: This course is a requirement for most English majors. Students who will be taking the English 200-203 series are urged to take English 201 first. English 201 is an intensive survey of great works from the 14th through the 17th century.
This course is intended to introduce students to the major periods of English literary history as well as to the masterpieces by the major writers. Assignments will include selections from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, several plays by Shakespeare, and Milton's Paradise Lost. In addition, samples from some other writers will be discussed. Majors may substitute for the usual English 201 requirement any two courses that cover medieval and Renaissance literature; the substitution must be approved by the English faculty advisor and/or the undergraduate chair.