Majoring in English provides students with a wealth of intellectual and practical learning, a foundation to future success. In today's high-technology, interconnected world, the ability to read carefully, think imaginatively, understand others, and communicate across all types of platforms and formats is essential.

Students in the English major at UWM get to choose a track and focus their studies on an area of particular interest:

  • Literature and Cultural Theory - where the reading and analysis of literature is emphasized
  • Rhetoric and Writing - a broad field that includes writing for different genres
  • Creative Writing - ideal for students who love fiction and poetry
  • Professional and Technical Writing -  with an emphasis on business documentation
  • Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies - includes the many forms of communicating through media such as film, tv, games, and the web

In small classes, our students learn to understand the power and possibilities of the English language across the centuries and around the world. Students learn to think critically, write persuasively, argue logically, delve deeply into history, and explore their own creativity. Students are challenged to examine their own assumptions, sharpen their writing, and learn how to read and understand even the most difficult works, from fiction to philosophy.

Requirements

Course of Study – Bachelor of Arts Degree

Complete 120 credits including 90 credits in the College of Letters & Science and with 36 of the 90 credits in L&S upper-level (numbered above 300) courses. The College requires that students must complete in residence at UWM at least 15 credits in upper-division (numbered 300 or above) courses in their major. Students are also required to complete University-wide General Education Requirements and the specific L&S requirements listed below.

To complete a major, students must satisfy all the requirements of the major as stated in this catalog. Students who declare their majors within five years of entering the UW System as a degree candidate may satisfy the requirements outlined in any catalog issued since the time they entered. Credits used to satisfy the major also may be used to satisfy other degree requirements.

University General Education Requirements (GER)

Oral and Written Communication
Part A
Achieve a grade of C or better in the following course:
ENGLISH 102College Writing and Research (or equivalent)
Part B
Course designated as OWC-B; may be completed through a major-specific course requirement
Quantitative Literacy
Part A
Earn at least 3 credits with a grade of C or higher in one of the following courses or an equivalent course, or achieve a placement code of at least 30 on the mathematics placement test (or other appropriate test, as determined by the Mathematical Sciences Department)
Mathematical Literacy for College Students II
Contemporary Applications of Mathematics
Introduction to College Algebra
Algebraic Literacy II
Introduction to Logic - Critical Reasoning 1
Introduction to Logic - Critical Reasoning
College Algebra
Or equivalent course
Part B
Course designated as QL-B; may be completed through a major-specific course requirement
Arts
Select 3 credits3
Humanities
Select 6 credits6
Social Sciences
Select 6 credits6
Natural Sciences
Select 6 credits (at least two courses including one lab)6
UWM Foreign Language Requirement
Complete Foreign Language Requirement through:
Two years (high school) of a single foreign language
Two semesters (college) of a single foreign language
Or equivalent
UWM Cultural Diversity Requirement
One course from the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences must also satisfy UWM's Cultural Diversity requirement

College of Letters & Science Requirements

I. English Composition Requirement

Students must satisfy the English Composition Requirement with one of the following options:

1) Completing ENGLISH 102 with a grade of C or higher; or

2) by placing beyond ENGLISH 102 on the English Placement Test (EPT) (or other assessment as determined by the English Department); or

3) transferring a course of at least 2.5 equivalent credits from another institution that is equivalent to English 102, or a UWM higher-level expository writing course, with a grade of C or higher.

Note: This requirement is the same as the University General Education Requirement for Oral and Written Communication Part A. The College of Letters & Science does not have a specific requirement for a writing course beyond English 102, but students must complete the university-wide requirement for Oral and Written Communication Part B listed above.

II. Mathematics and Formal Reasoning

To satisfy the Mathematics and Formal Reasoning Requirement, students must satisfy the following two requirements:

1. Achieve a placement code of at least 30 on the mathematics placement test (or other appropriate test, as determined by the Mathematical Sciences Department) or earn at least 3 credits with a grade of C or higher in one of the following courses or an equivalent course:

MATH 102Mathematical Literacy for College Students II3
MATH 103Contemporary Applications of Mathematics3
MATH 105Introduction to College Algebra3
MATH 108Algebraic Literacy II3
MATH 111Introduction to Logic - Critical Reasoning 13
or PHILOS 111 Introduction to Logic - Critical Reasoning
MATH 116College Algebra3
MATH 175Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers I3

Note: This requirement is the same as the University General Education Requirement for Quantitative Literacy Part A, listed above.

2. Complete one course (at least 3 credits) at the 200 level or above chosen from courses in Mathematics, PHILOS 211, or Letters and Science statistics courses:

Complete one of the following:
3 or more credits in any 200-level or above Math course
Introduction to Statistics in African and African Diaspora Studies
Introduction to Anthropological Statistics
Statistical Methods in Atmospheric Sciences
Biostatistics
Economic Statistics
Quantitative Analysis in Geography
The Quantitative Analysis of Historical Data
Elementary Statistical Analysis
Elementary Logic
Political Data Analysis
Survey Research
Psychological Statistics
Introduction to Statistical Thinking in Sociology

Note: This requirement is NOT the same as the University General Education Requirement for Quantitative Literacy Part B. To complete the BA, students must take one of the L&S approved courses. Not all of the courses listed here will satisfy the QL-B requirement.

III. Foreign Language Requirement 

Placement testing may be used to satisfy all or part of this requirement. Language courses (including American Sign Language) other than English taken in high school may be used to satisfy all or part of this requirement. One year of high school language equates to one semester of college work.

Completion of the L&S Language Requirement also satisfies the university-wide Foreign Language GER, but not vice versa.

Completed in one of the following ways:0-18
Successful completion of the 4th semester of college work or equivalent in one language other than English (including American Sign Language)
Successful completion of the 3rd semester of college work or equivalent in one language other than English (including American Sign Language) PLUS the 2nd semester of college work or equivalent in another language other than English (including American Sign Language)

IV. International Requirement 

See Approved Courses for the L&S International Requirement for course options.  

Completed in one of the following ways:9
Complete 3 courses (min. 9 cr) in a single foreign language (not including literature-in-translation or American Sign Language) at the 3rd semester level and above
Complete 3 non-language courses (min. 9 credits) with an international content chosen from at least 2 curricular areas.
Complete 9 credits in combination of the two options above.

V. Breadth Requirement

Along with completing the University General Education Requirements of 3 credits in the Arts (A); 6 credits in the Humanities (HU), Social Sciences (SS), and Natural Sciences (NS/NS+); and a course with the Cultural Diversity (CD/+) designation, L&S students must complete the Breadth requirement.

Arts
Select 3 credits3
Humanities
Complete 12 credits of L&S courses with Humanities Breadth designation; no more than 6 credits from a single subject area. *12
Social Sciences
Complete 12 credits of L&S Courses with Social Science Breadth designation; no more than 6 credits from a single curricular area. *12
Natural Sciences
Complete 12 credits of L&S Courses with Natural Sciences Breadth designation, including at least one laboratory or field course; no more than 6 credits from a single curricular area. *12
Cultural Diversity
Complete 3 credits in a course with Cultural Diversity (CD) designation. **3

 VI. The Major

The College of Letters and Science requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA in all credits in the major attempted at UWM.  In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.  Individual departments or programs may require higher GPAs for graduation. Some departmental majors require courses from other departments.  Contact your major department for information on whether those credits will count as part of the major GPA.  The College requires that students must complete in residence at UWM at least 15 credits in upper-division (numbered 300 or above) courses in their major.

Research Requirement

Within their majors, students must complete a research experience approved by the L&S faculty.  A list of courses satisfying the research requirement in each major can be found here.

VII. The Minor

The College of Letters and Science requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA in all credits in the minor attempted at UWM.  In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

English Major Requirements

Prospective majors are expected to consult with the associate chair for undergraduate studies in designing a program that satisfies their individual interests, abilities, and ambitions; if appropriate, a particular requirement may be waived to meet a student’s special programmatic needs. English majors intending to continue their studies in graduate school are urged to plan with the coordinator a program that meets graduate school expectations and prepares them for the Graduate Record Exam.

Students entering with advanced standing are required to earn at least 15 credits in English courses numbered 300 and above while in residence at UWM.

Credit Requirements

All students should be enrolled in or complete ENGLISH 215 in order to declare the major. This is a rigorous sophomore-level course designed to introduce students to the discipline; to teach them how to read closely and critically; and to instruct them in the writing of analytical essays. Since ENGLISH 215 is intended to help students improve their performance in upper-level English courses, it is recommended strongly that students take it before registering for any higher-level courses.

All courses taken towards the major must be at or above the 300 level unless otherwise noted. Students must complete at least 15 upper-division (numbered 300 and above) credits in the major in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

English majors also must complete one of the following tracks. In each track, in their senior year, majors complete a capstone course or senior seminar. This course includes one or more in-depth writing assignments or projects that include a research component, which satisfies the research requirement for the L&S degree.

Tracks
Select one of the following tracks:36
Track A: Literature and Cultural Theory
Track B: Rhetoric and Professional Writing
Track C: Creative Writing
Track G: Professional and Technical Communications 1
Track H: Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies
Track O: Open Focus
Total Credits36

Tracks

Track A: Literary and Cultural Theory

ENGLISH 215Introduction to English Studies3
Select one of the following in English literature from before 1900 and one in pre-1800 literature:6
Survey of English Literature, Beginnings to 1500
Survey of English Literature, 1500-1660
Survey of English Literature, 1660-1798
Survey of English Literature, 1798-1900
Chaucer
Shakespeare
Milton
Writers in Drama:
Writers in English Literature, 1500-1660:
Writers in English Literature, 1660-1798:
Writers in English Literature, 1798-1900:
Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Literature:
Studies in Literature, 1500-1660:
Studies in Literature, 1660-1800:
Studies in Literature, 1800-1900:
Studies in Shakespeare:
Select one of the following:3
Survey of American Literature to 1865
Survey of American Literature, 1865-1965
Writers in American Literature, 1500-1900:
Select one of the following:3
Survey of Current Literary and Cultural Theory
Classical Film Criticism and Theory
Theories of Digital Culture:
Theories of Language and Literature:
The Rhetoric of Argument
Studies in the History of Literary Criticism:
Studies in Theory and Criticism:
Seminar in Critical Theory:
Select two of the following:6
Survey of Irish Literature
Gay and Lesbian Literature:
Survey of American Indian Literature
Survey of Ethnic Minority Literature
Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature
Survey of Asian American Literature
Survey of African-American Literature to 1930
Survey of African-American Literature, 1930 to the Present
World Literatures Written in English:
Writers in African-American Literature:
Women Writers:
Studies in African-American Literature:
Studies in Irish Literature:
Studies in American Indian Literature:
Studies in Ethnic Minority Literature:
Studies in World Literature Written in English:
Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature:
Studies in Asian-American Literature:
Seminar in Irish Literature:
Seminar in Literature by Women:
Seminar in Literature and Sexuality:
Seminar in African-American Literature:
Seminar in American Indian Literature:
Select one of the following:3
Fiction Workshop
Poetry Workshop
Advanced Writing Workshop
Topics in Advanced Communications:
Creative Nonfiction for Publication
Editing and Publishing
Rhetoric and Professional Writing
Technical Documentation
Project Management for Professional Writers
Advanced Research Writing
Advanced Workshop in Fiction
Advanced Workshop in Poetry:
Select one of the following capstone seminars (satisfies L&S research requirement): 3
Seminar in the Art of Literature:
Seminar in the Literature of England:
Seminar in Irish Literature:
Seminar in American Literature:
Seminar in Modern Literature:
Seminar in Literary History:
Seminar in Critical Theory:
Seminar in Literature and Culture:
Seminar in Literature by Women:
Seminar in Literature and Sexuality:
Seminar in Literature and the Other Arts:
Seminar in African-American Literature:
Seminar in American Indian Literature:
Seminar in Rhetoric and Professional Writing:
Seminar in English Language Studies:
Honors Seminar:
9 credits in English electives are required for the major. Students can take 9 credits at the 300 level and above, or 6 credits at the 300 level and above, and 3 credits in 200-level literature course selected from the following:9
English Writers to 1800
English Writers, 1800 to the Present
American Writers: 1900 to the Present
Introduction to Modern Literature:
Introduction to Literature by Women:
The Life, Times, and Work of a Literary Artist:
Literature and Human Experience:
Literature and Contemporary Life:
Fantasy in Literature:
Mystery and Detective Fiction:
Science Fiction:
Introduction to Poetry:
Introduction to Short Stories:
Introduction to Drama:
Introduction to the Novel:
Introduction to Cultural Studies:
Literary Forms and Genres:
Introduction to American Indian Literature:
Introduction to Ethnic Minority Literature:
Introduction to World Literatures Written in English:
Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature:
Introduction to Asian-American Literature:
Introduction to African-American Literature:
Modern Irish Language and Literature in Translation
Total Credits36

Track B: Rhetoric and Professional Writing

Core Courses
ENGLISH 215Introduction to English Studies3
ENGLISH 240Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture:3
ENGLISH 310Writing, Speaking, and Technoscience in the 21st Century3
ENGLISH 435Rhetoric and Professional Writing3
ENGLISH 633Seminar in Rhetoric and Professional Writing: (subtitle) (capstone seminar experience) (satisfies L&S research requirement)3
Select 15 credits in Rhetoric, Professional Writing, and Media Studies15
Game Culture
Media and Society:
Introduction to English Linguistics
Language, Power, and Identity
Professional and Technical Communications Research
Writing for Nonprofits
Topics in Advanced Communications: (Rhetorical History and Theory)
The Rhetoric of Argument
Advanced Writing Workshop
Creative Nonfiction for Publication
Technical Documentation
Project Management for Professional Writers
Editing and Publishing
Information Design
Grant Writing
Technical Editing
Global Business Communications
Technical Communications Theory and Practice
Internship in the Humanities
Select 6 credits in Diversity and Community Studies6
World Cinema:
Survey of American Indian Literature
Survey of Ethnic Minority Literature
Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature
Survey of Asian American Literature
Survey of African-American Literature to 1930
Survey of African-American Literature, 1930 to the Present
World Literatures Written in English:
Writers in African-American Literature:
Women Writers:
Studies in African-American Literature:
Studies in American Indian Literature:
Studies in Ethnic Minority Literature:
Studies in World Literature Written in English:
Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature:
Studies in Asian-American Literature:
Seminar in Literature by Women:
Seminar in Literature and Sexuality:
Seminar in African-American Literature:
Seminar in American Indian Literature:
Total Credits36

Track C: Creative Writing

ENGLISH 215Introduction to English Studies3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Creative Writing
Writing Fiction: Structure and Technique
Writing Poetry: Forms, Styles, Voices
Select three of the following:9
Special Topics in Creative Writing:
Fiction Workshop
Poetry Workshop
Literary Journal Production
The Writer and the Current Literary Scene
Poetry and the Creative Process
Select two of the following:6
The Art of Fiction:
The Development of the Novel:
The Development of the Short Story
Forms of Experimental Literature:
Film and Literature
The Development of Drama:
Comedy:
Tragedy:
Modern Drama:
The Art of Poetry:
The Development of Poetry:
Survey of Current Literary and Cultural Theory
Readings for Writers:
Literature and the Other Arts:
Studies in Theory and Criticism:
Select one of the following:3
Survey of English Literature, Beginnings to 1500
Survey of English Literature, 1500-1660
Survey of English Literature, 1660-1798
Chaucer
Shakespeare
Milton
Writers in English Literature, 1500-1660:
Writers in English Literature, 1660-1798:
Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Literature:
Studies in Literature, 1500-1660:
Studies in Literature, 1660-1800:
Studies in Shakespeare:
Select two of the following:6
Survey of English Literature, 1798-1900
Survey of English Literature: 1900 to the Present
Survey of Irish Literature
Survey of American Literature to 1865
Survey of American Literature, 1865-1965
Survey of Contemporary American Literature
Gay and Lesbian Literature:
Survey of American Indian Literature
Survey of Ethnic Minority Literature
Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature
Survey of Asian American Literature
Survey of African-American Literature, 1930 to the Present
World Literatures Written in English:
Writers in Drama:
Writers in English Literature, 1798-1900:
Writers in English Literature, 1900 to the Present:
Writers in American Literature, 1500-1900:
Writers in American Literature, 1900 to the Present: (subtitle)
Writers in African-American Literature:
Women Writers:
Studies in Literature, 1800-1900:
Studies in Literature, 1900 to the Present:
Studies in African-American Literature:
Studies in Irish Literature:
Studies in American Indian Literature:
Studies in Ethnic Minority Literature:
Studies in World Literature Written in English:
Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature:
Studies in Asian-American Literature:
American Indian Literature, Culture, and Creative Arts
Select 3 credits in an upper-level English elective3
ENGLISH 615Advanced Workshop in Fiction (capstone experience) (satisfies L&S research requirement)3
or ENGLISH 616 Advanced Workshop in Poetry:
Total Credits36

Please Note: In order to register for the ENGLISH 615 or ENGLISH 616 capstone (see below), students must have completed successfully two 400-level workshops (ENGLISH 414, ENGLISH 415, ENGLISH 416) as follows:

Track G: Professional and Technical Communications

General English Requirements
ENGLISH 215Introduction to English Studies3
Select 6 credits in English courses outside of Track G at the 300 level or above (i.e., literature, rhetoric, creative writing, or film and media studies)6
Professional and Technical Communications Core
ENGLISH 439Information Design3
Select two of the following:6
Professional and Technical Communications Research
Rhetoric and Professional Writing
Technical Communications Theory and Practice
ENGLISH 449Internship in the Humanities (satisfies L&S research requirement)3
Select 3 credits in English 600-level seminar3
Professional and Technical Communications Practice
Select four of the following:12
Business Writing 1
Technical Writing 1
Health Science Writing 1
Writing in the Professions: 1
Professional and Technical Communications Research
Topics in Advanced Communications:
Creative Nonfiction for Publication
Editing and Publishing
Rhetoric and Professional Writing
Technical Documentation
Project Management for Professional Writers
Grant Writing
Technical Editing
Technical Communications Theory and Practice
Total Credits36

Track H: Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies

ENGLISH 215Introduction to English Studies3
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Film Studies
Introduction to Television Studies
Game Culture
Select one of the following:3
Survey of English Literature, Beginnings to 1500
Survey of English Literature, 1500-1660
Survey of English Literature, 1660-1798
Survey of English Literature, 1798-1900
Survey of English Literature: 1900 to the Present
Survey of Irish Literature
Survey of American Literature to 1865
Survey of American Literature, 1865-1965
Survey of Contemporary American Literature
The Art of Fiction:
The Development of the Novel:
The Development of the Short Story
Forms of Experimental Literature:
Gay and Lesbian Literature:
World Literatures Written in English:
Language, Power, and Identity
Special Topics in Creative Writing:
Fiction Workshop
ENGLISH 390Classical Film Criticism and Theory3
or ENGLISH 391 Television Criticism and Theory
Select 12 credits in media, cinema, and digital studies (including at least 3 credits from each area and no more than 3 credits in 200-level courses): 12
Media
Writing about Film and Television
Introduction to Television Studies (if not selected above)
Literature and Media:
Media and Society:
Television Criticism and Theory
Entertainment Industries:
Theories of Digital Culture:
Special Topics in Creative Writing: (Zines and Self-Publishing)
Topics in Advanced Communications: (with appropriate subtitle) (Contact Track H Coordinator)
Intermediate Topics in Film and Television Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)
Cinema
Writing about Film and Television
Introduction to Film Studies (if not selected above)
Women in Film, Television, and Digital Media
Topics in Film, Television and Digital Studies:
World Cinema:
Studies in Film and Television Authorship:
Film and Literature
Cinema, Television, and Genre:
Classical Film Criticism and Theory
Theories of Digital Culture:
Special Topics in Creative Writing: (Screenwriting – Story/Structure)
Intermediate Topics in Film and Television Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)
Global Jewish Film and Television:
Global Cinema and Media:
Screening Sexuality:
Seminar in Contemporary Cinema and Media: (if not selected as capstone)
Digital Studies
Game Culture (if not selected above)
Topics in Film, Television and Digital Studies: (Cinema and Digital Studies)
Special Topics in Creative Writing: (Animated Texts)
Technical Documentation
Literature and the Other Arts: (From Dada to the Web)
Intermediate Topics in Film and Television Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)
Select 6 credits in upper-level electives6
FILMSTD 690Seminar in Contemporary Cinema and Media: (capstone seminar experience) (satisfies L&S research requirement)3
Total Credits36

Track O: Open Focus

At least 3 credits in literature must be in a period before 1900. They can be taken in American Literature, British Literature or any other literature course in the English department. Students can take up to 9 credits in 200-level English courses to satisfy the 36 credits for the major. This includes ENGLISH 215 which is a requirement and non-substitutable. ENGLISH 192 can be substituted for 3 of the 9 credits in 200-level courses. 

Students must also complete a 3 credit capstone seminar at the 600 level (612, 615 - 616, 620 - 634, 685, 690), which may be in any of the areas listed below.

ENGLISH 215Introduction to English Studies3
American Literature 3
Select one of the following courses in American Literature
American Writers to 1900
American Writers: 1900 to the Present
Literary Forms and Genres:
Literature and the Other Arts:
The Forms of Folk Literature:
Introduction to American Indian Literature:
Introduction to Ethnic Minority Literature:
Introduction to World Literatures Written in English:
Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature:
Introduction to Asian-American Literature:
Introduction to African-American Literature:
Survey of American Literature to 1865
Survey of American Literature, 1865-1965
Survey of Contemporary American Literature
Survey of American Indian Literature
Survey of Ethnic Minority Literature
Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature
Survey of Asian American Literature
Survey of African-American Literature to 1930
Survey of African-American Literature, 1930 to the Present
Writers in American Literature, 1500-1900:
Writers in American Literature, 1900 to the Present:
Writers in African-American Literature:
Studies in African-American Literature:
Studies in American Indian Literature:
Studies in Ethnic Minority Literature:
Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature:
Studies in Asian-American Literature:
Seminar in American Literature:
Seminar in African-American Literature:
Seminar in American Indian Literature:
British Literature 3
Select one of the following courses in British Literature
English Writers to 1800
English Writers, 1800 to the Present
Modern Irish Language and Literature in Translation
Survey of English Literature, Beginnings to 1500
Survey of English Literature, 1500-1660
Survey of English Literature, 1660-1798
Survey of English Literature, 1798-1900
Survey of English Literature: 1900 to the Present
Survey of Irish Literature
Chaucer
Shakespeare
Studies in Shakespeare:
Seminar in Rhetoric and Professional Writing:
Milton
Writers in Drama:
Writers in English Literature, 1500-1660:
Writers in English Literature, 1660-1798:
Writers in English Literature, 1798-1900:
Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Literature:
Studies in Literature, 1500-1660:
Studies in Literature, 1660-1800:
Studies in Literature, 1800-1900:
Seminar in the Literature of England:
Minority, Women's or World Literature3
Select one of the following courses in Minority, Women’s or World Literature
Introduction to Literature by Women:
Introduction to American Indian Literature:
Introduction to Ethnic Minority Literature:
Introduction to World Literatures Written in English:
Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature:
Introduction to Asian-American Literature:
Introduction to African-American Literature:
Gay and Lesbian Literature:
Survey of American Indian Literature
Survey of Ethnic Minority Literature
Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature
Survey of Asian American Literature
Survey of African-American Literature to 1930
Survey of African-American Literature, 1930 to the Present
World Literatures Written in English:
Writers in African-American Literature:
Women Writers:
Studies in African-American Literature:
Studies in Irish Literature:
Studies in American Indian Literature:
Studies in Ethnic Minority Literature:
Studies in World Literature Written in English:
Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature:
Studies in Asian-American Literature:
Seminar in Irish Literature:
Seminar in Literature and Culture:
Seminar in Literature by Women:
Seminar in Literature and Sexuality:
Seminar in African-American Literature:
Seminar in American Indian Literature:
Theory and Criticism3
Select one of the following courses in Theory and Criticism
Survey of Current Literary and Cultural Theory
Classical Film Criticism and Theory
Television Criticism and Theory
Entertainment Industries:
Theories of Digital Culture:
Studies in the History of Literary Criticism:
Studies in Theory and Criticism:
Seminar in Critical Theory:
Rhetoric, Professional, Technical or Creative Writing6
Select two of the following courses in Rhetoric, Professional, Technical or Creative Writing
Strategies for Academic Writing
Business Writing
Technical Writing
Health Science Writing
Global Englishes
Grammar and Usage
Writing in the Professions:
Introduction to Creative Writing
Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture:
Writing, Speaking, and Technoscience in the 21st Century
Introduction to English Linguistics
History of the English Language
Theories of Language and Literature:
Survey of Modern English Grammar
Language, Power, and Identity
Special Topics in Creative Writing:
Fiction Workshop
Poetry Workshop
Literary Journal Production
Advanced Business Writing
Professional and Technical Communications Research
Writing for Nonprofits
Strategic Writing for Organizations
Advanced Writing Workshop
Topics in Advanced Communications:
The Rhetoric of Argument
Creative Nonfiction for Publication
Editing and Publishing
Rhetoric and Professional Writing
Technical Documentation
Project Management for Professional Writers
Advanced Research Writing
Information Design
Writing Center Tutoring Practicum
Grant Writing
Technical Editing
The Composing Process:
Global Business Communications
Technical Communications Theory and Practice
Internship in the Humanities
The Writer and the Current Literary Scene
Poetry and the Creative Process
Advanced Workshop in Fiction
Advanced Workshop in Poetry:
Seminar in Rhetoric and Professional Writing:
Seminar in English Language Studies:
Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies6
Select two of the following courses in Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies
Writing about Film and Television
Introduction to Film Studies
Introduction to Television Studies
Classic Dramas in Film:
Literature and Media:
Game Culture
Women in Film, Television, and Digital Media
Topics in Film, Television and Digital Studies:
World Cinema:
Studies in Film and Television Authorship:
Film and Literature
Media and Society:
Cinema, Television, and Genre:
Classical Film Criticism and Theory
Television Criticism and Theory
Entertainment Industries:
Theories of Digital Culture:
Intermediate Topics in Film and Television Studies:
Global Jewish Film and Television:
Global Cinema and Media:
Screening Sexuality:
Seminar in Contemporary Cinema and Media:
English Electives9
9 credits in English electives are required for the major.
Total Credits36

Cross-listed Courses

The following courses offered by other departments may be used to fulfill the requirements of the undergraduate major or minor in English. Only 3 credits in courses from Communication, Theater, and Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies will count toward the English major:

COMMUN 300Interviewers and Interviewing3
COMMUN 313Human Communication and Technology3
COMMUN 410Organizational Communication Technology3
JAMS 306Feature and Magazine Article Writing:3
JAMS 562Media Studies and Culture3
THEATRE 359Playwriting3

Related Courses

The following courses offered by other departments may be of interest to students in English, but may not be used to fulfill the requirements of the undergraduate major or minor in English:

COMMUN 105Business and Professional Communication3
JAMS 201Media Writing3
JAMS 231Publication Design3

Letters & Science Advising

The College of Letters and Science provides general academic advising for all students with a major in the College, particularly as it relates to campus' general education requirements and the College's degree requirements. We also provide specialized advising for pre-professional students (pre-med, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, etc.) regardless if their major is in Letters and Science or not. Prospective students, including high school students and students seeking to transfer to a program in Letters and Science may also receive advising from our admissions counselors. 

Upon admission, students are assigned an advisor in the College advising office. Academic advising is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment. Appointments outside of these times may be available and phone appointments are available for online students. The advising office is located on the first floor of Holton Hall. Current students should call (414) 229-4654 to schedule an appointment or use the Navigate website to make an appointment with your assigned advisor; online scheduling is only available if you already have a Letters & Science advisor assigned to you. Prospective students should call (414) 229-7711 or email let-sci@uwm.edu.

When students declare a major, they will receive an additional faculty advisor located within the major department who will assist with requirements for that major. Students should read the "Declaration of Major" information on the website of the major that they are interested in. In some cases, the student will need to choose a faculty advisor as part of the declaration process.

All students are cautioned to consult their Letters & Science academic advisor AND their major advisor prior to each registration period to ensure they understand all requirements. Do not rely on pre-printed sample plans, as they are intended to be samples only and may not be right for your particular situation.

Honors in the Major

English majors need to meet the following three criteria in order to graduate with Honors in the Major:

  1. minimum 3.000 cumulative GPA on all UWM graded credits attempted;
  2. minimum 3.500 GPA on all credits attempted that count toward the major; and
  3. minimum 3.500 GPA on all advanced (300+) credits that count toward the major.

Students who meet these criteria should apply to the coordinator of undergraduate studies.

Honors in the College of Letters and Science

Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.