The English Department offers a diverse range of courses in British and American literary studies, balancing traditional and emerging approaches. Our dynamic program includes:

  • Literary history and theory
  • Close reading and cultural context
  • Aesthetics and politics

Faculty expertise spans from Anglo-Saxon poetry to post-colonial film, covering authors like Shakespeare, Hemingway, Austen, and Morrison, and subjects like aesthetic analysis and queer theory.

Benefits of the Program

  • Small class sizes encourage vigorous discussion and close faculty-student interaction.
  • The English major/minor serves as a strong foundation for careers in law, medicine, business, literature, and the arts.
  • Alumni work in fields such as publishing, finance, consulting, social work, civil service, film, and education.

Major Requirements (33 Hours)

*Majors who declared the major before Fall 2022 are required to take upper-level courses from four major groups (Genre & Aesthetics, History & Intellectual History, Culture, and Single Author). Please see the Undergraduate Bulletin and our major checklists for each declaration year’s specific requirements.

Majors and their advisers plan individual programs to meet these requirements; majors are encouraged to take their gateway requirements as early as possible in their college careers.

Minimum GPA and other requirements:

  • No more than two courses (six hours) taken elsewhere may be counted toward the major. This limitation applies to courses taught in approved non-Wake Forest programs, not to courses in programs offered or sponsored by Wake Forest.
  • A minimum grade-point average of 2.0 in courses which comprise the major or minor is required for graduation with any major or minor this department offers.
  • Students may take only one version of a given course for credit, with the exception of a few generalized course numbers like ENG 301, ENG 302, ENG 326, ENG 340, ENG 344, ENG 345, and ENG 346, which may be repeated when offered on different subjects.