Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I become an English Major?
Declaring your major involves filling out the declaration of major form and meeting with the department representative – Declaration of English Major
- When can I take an upper-division course?
Second-semester sophomores can sign up for upper-division courses. Before then, students can be admitted with the signature of the instructor.
- What courses count as upper-division electives?
You may take any course in the 300s and 400s to fulfill your upper-division electives. Just be sure you also fulfill the historical distribution requirements.
- What courses fulfill the Literature requirement in the Core Curriculum?
ENGL 222, 223, 224, 225, 228, 280. ENGL 121 fulfills the lower-division Written literacy requirement, but not Literature.
- What is a W requirement?
USD’s Core Curriculum requires every student to fulfill an upper-division Written Literacy requirement – courses marked with a W. English majors must take a W course in the English department, but cannot take 304w or 306W. W course offerings change every semester.
- Can a course fulfill both the W requirement and a historical distribution requirement at the same time?
Yes. For example, 332W would fulfill the W requirement as well as Literature from 1660-1900.
- Can I take two courses that have the same course number?
Yes, if they are substantially different courses. However, you will need to get the signature of the department chair.
- How do I transfer credits from other universities?
You must fill out the transfer of credit form – Transfer of Credit for English or composition course
- What should I do if I am interested in graduate study in literature?
There are many options for graduate study in literature, including a variety of fields and the choice between a Master’s degree and a PhD. Discuss your ideas with your academic advisor or other professors. Students considering graduate work are advised to continue study in a foreign language, and to take ENGL 380 Literary Theory and ENGL 495 Senior Project.
- Does the English Department have an honors society?
Yes, Sigma Tau Delta. See the English Department office for details.
- Can I get credit for an internship?
Yes, through the Southeast San Diego Tutoring Project. Please contact Professor Tim Randell in the English Department.
- How do I take an independent study course?
Independent study courses are only for advanced students who have a particular research interest not covered by current classes. Students should first discuss the course with a faculty member. Then the student designs a syllabus and writes a formal proposal, to be submitted for approval to the English Department Chair.