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English Program Requirements

The English major integrates the study of literature and the practice of writing. Our faculty—all professional critics, writers, and editors—serve as role models and mentors for students in English classes. The program emphasizes the connections between literature and writing by bringing published authors to the campus and by incorporating Boston-area literary and theatre events into the curriculum. Through a double focus on literature and writing, students develop writing portfolios and prepare for professions in which effective communication and cultural literacy are essential. Recent graduates have begun careers in journalism, law, media communication, public relations, advertising, educational administration, creative writing, banking, theatre, publishing, and teaching. During her final year, the English major produces a portfolio of professional writing at her Senior Internship site or writes a senior essay that serves as a writing internship. As evidence of her competence in both writing and literary study, each major submits a paper from a 300-level Pine Manor College literature course or from IDS 389 or IDS 390 for assessment by a panel of English instructors appointed by the B.A. Coordinator. Students are expected to pass this paper before their final semester of their senior year.

By permission of the B.A. Coordinator, a student may substitute an upper-level literature course in a foreign language for one of her electives in English; however, such a course may not substitute for the required 300-level English courses. Qualified students may spend a junior semester or year taking approved courses at an institution in an English-speaking country.

Program Faculty

Professor Emeritae


Hannah Baker-Siroty – Program Coordinator
Tel: 617-552-9537

English: Creative Writing and Literature Major Requirements

All English majors must take these core requirements:

  • EN 111 Mythology and Literature or EN 112 World Literature
  • EN232 American Literature
  • EN 203 British Literature or EN 216 Shakespeare I or EN 217 Shakespeare II
  • EN 233 African-American/Caribbean Literature or EN 235 Female Voices of Diversity
  • One English literature course at the 300 level (or IDS 313, IDS 389, IDS 390)
  • EN 490 Senior Seminar (for students entering Fall 2015 and later)
  • EN 495 Senior Internship

Students choose ONE of the following concentrations to pursue:

Literature concentration:

  • Two (2) 200 level Lit. class or higher
  • One (1) 300 level Lit. classes

Creative Writing concentration:

  • EN206 Creative Writing
  • One (1) Creative Writing elective at the 200-level or higher
  • One (1) Creative Writing elective at the 300-level or higher

A.A. Concentration in English

First Year
EN 111 Mythology and Literature
EN 112 World Literature: Genres and Themes
A 200-level literature course.
Sophomore Year
EN 203 British Literary Traditions
EN 232 American Writers
Two 200-level writing courses.

Minor Requirements

Minor in English Literature
Five (5) courses in English Literature are required, including one of the following:
EN 203 British Literature         or      EN 232 American Literature
The remaining four (4) courses are to be selected from EN courses, including at least one, but not more than two, courses in writing.

Minor in Creative Writing
Five (5) courses in English Literature are required, including one of the following:
EN 203 British Literature         or      EN 232 American Literature
EN 206 Creative Writing

Any three additional writing courses (one of which must have an EN designation).