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English and Comparative Literature

BA - English

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements48
Of the 51 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Preparation for the Major0-10
One year of foreign language study at the college level or equivalency through examination0-10
Requirement of the Major48
Core Courses27
ENGL 056A. English Literature to the Late 18th Century3
ENGL 056B. English Literature Late 18th Century to Present3
ENGL 068A. American Literature to 18653
ENGL 068B. American Literature 1865 to Present3
ENGL 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
ENGL 193. Capstone Seminar in Literature and Self-Reflection3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 101. Introduction to Literary Criticism3
ENGL 102. History of the English Language3
ENGL 103. Modern English3
ENGL 105. Seminar in Advanced Composition3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 122. Topics in Comparative World Literature3
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
ENGL 125. European Literature: Homer through Dante3
ENGL 126. Holocaust LiteratureV3
ENGL 140A. Old English3
ENGL 141. Medieval Literature3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 144. Shakespeare I3
ENGL 145. Shakespeare and Performance3
Elective Requirements21
Any seven English courses, six of which must be upper division
University Electives12-22

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.