1.0 credit in first-year English is a requirement for both Majors and Minors. This credit can be earned in one of three ways. Pathways A and B are recommended for students who plan to declare English as their Major, on the grounds that a full-year introductory course gives you your best opportunity to develop your skills.

Pathway A

Take the seminar course FYSM 1004 (“Literature, Genre, Context” [1.0 credit]). This seminar (capped at 30 students) is taught in a small classroom that has been arranged to promote discussion. The course runs from September to April and students remain in the same section for both Fall and Winter Terms. You can, if you wish, take ENGL 1010 (“Writing an English Essay”) in addition to FYSM 1004. You may not, however, take FYSM 1004 in conjunction with any of the thematic 0.5-credit courses listed in Pathway C.

Pathway B

Take the lecture course ENGL 1000 (“Literature, Genre, Context” [1.0 credit]). This course is taught in a medium-sized classroom with no more than 65 students per class. The course runs from September to April and students remain in the same section for both Fall and Winter Terms. You can, if you wish, take ENGL 1010 (“Writing an English Essay”) in addition to ENGL 1000. You may not, however, take ENGL 1000 in conjunction with any of the thematic 0.5-credit courses listed in Pathway C.

Pathway C

This option allows you to meet your 1.0-credit requirement in first year by pairing two credits that are worth 0.5 credits each.

Take ENGL 1010 (“Writing an English Essay” [0.5 credit]) and couple it with one (but no more than one) of the following thematic 0.5-credit lecture courses:

  • ENGL 1009 (“Literature in Global Context”).
  • ENGL 1100 (“Literature, Law, and Criminality”)
  • ENGL 1200 (“Literature, Science, and Technology”)
  • ENGL 1300 (“Literature, Psychology, and the Mind”)
  • ENGL 1400 (“Literature, Art, and Culture”)

Please note that ENGL 1010 (“Writing and English Essay”) can be taken either concurrently or consecutively with one of the courses listed here in Option C. For example, you could take both 0.5 courses in the Fall Term, or both in the Winter Term, or one in each term.

Please note: you must choose either Pathway A or B or C. You may not, for example, receive credit for both FYSM 1004 and ENGL 1000, nor can you couple the thematic 0.5-credit courses listed in Pathway C with FYSM 1004 or ENGL 1000. See the Undergraduate Calendar for preclusions.

New Additions to our First-Year Offerings

ENGL 1500: “Introduction to Creative Writing” [0.5 credit] This exciting course will combine lecture and workshop elements and should prove to be a very popular option. Please note that if you are interested in the course you would have to take it in addition to one of the pathways listed above.

ENGL 1609: “Introduction to Drama Studies” [0.5 credit]. The course will offer an introduction to drama studies, combining attention to theatre history and interpretation of dramatic texts. Students will develop a vocabulary for speaking and writing with confidence about theatrical productions, theatre practice, and dramatic texts.

For further details about reading lists in all of the courses listed above please consult the English Department’s “Course Outlines” page.