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English and Comparative Literature

BA - English

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements47
Core Lower Division General Education33
Of the 39 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major0-10
One year of foreign language study at the college level or equivalency through examination0-10
Requirements of the Major58-63
Core Courses28
ENGL 050. Beginnings to the "American" Experiment3
ENGL 060. The Emergence of "British" and "American" Literatures (1680 to 1860)4
ENGL 070. Emerging Modernisms and Beyond3
ENGL 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
Additional Requirements15
ENGL 101. Introduction to Literary Criticism4
ENGL 125. European Literature: Homer through Dante4
Complete one course from:
ENGL 123A. Literature for Global Understanding-The AmericasV3
ENGL 123B. Literature for Global Understanding-AfricaV3
ENGL 123C. Literature for Global Understanding-OceaniaV3
ENGL 123D. Literature for Global Understanding-AsiaV3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 144. Shakespeare I4
ENGL 145. Shakespeare and Performance4
Elective Requirements15-20
Any five English upper-division courses
University Electives0-15

Total Units:120

Explanations and Limitations

English majors who complete the Humanities Honors Program (HUM 001A, 001B, 002A, 002B) will be credited for ENGL 125A.

Details and advising information on the above requirements are available in the English Department Office.