English Major

English Major

English

Major

The study of literature moves beyond simple awareness of other perspectives and equips cadets with the skills they need to effectively engage with other cultures. The resulting understanding of humanity and culture is a vital contributor to success in the military profession.

Cadets who major in English will refine skills of analysis and creativity and enrich their imaginative capacities by studying the literary and artistic expressions of primarily Anglo-American and, to a lesser extent, global cultures. Exposed to a range of literary genres and modes of cultural expression, English majors graduate with a broader and deeper understanding of the history of ideas and of the ways in which imaginative literature has influenced human behavior and shaped cultural norms. By exploring the full spectrum of human behaviors and circumstances and by laying the groundwork for the cultivation of emotional intelligence and sympathetic imagination, the study of literature equips graduates to engage the world's intellectual, moral, and emotional complexities with insight and the potential for empathy. English majors refine their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a variety of analytic and creative situations from the textual analysis of poetry and prose to the study of literary history to dramatic performance. The English major with Honors further challenges Cadets to compose a lengthy academic research project in close consultation with a member of the doctoral faculty. With an English major, a Cadet graduates from West Point with the capacity to analyze textual evidence, to account for cultural context and complexity, to communicate precisely, and to imagine creative solutions to difficult problems. 

 

To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of English and Philosophy or the center associated with this department/area of study.

Required Courses

EN300 LITERARY METHODOLOGIES

Early Period Survey (Choose 1)

EN311 ANCIENT TO EARLY MODERN LIT 

EN321 AMERICAN LITERATURE I 

EN331 BRITISH LITERATURE I  

Late Period Survey (Choose 1)

EN322 AMERICAN LITERATURE II

EN332 BRITISH LITERATURE II

EN340 CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE

Genre Course (Choose 1)

EN361 POETRY 

EN362 FILM AND FILM THEORY 

EN363 THE NOVEL 

EN364 DRAMA

 

Sample Electives

EN370 SHAKESPEARE  

EN371 SINGLE-AUTHOR COLLOQUIUM  

EN490 INDEPENDENT STUDY: LITERATURE

HI392 AMERICAN HISTORICAL MEMORY 

HI461 TOPICS IN GENDER HISTORY

EV365 GEOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL CULTURES 

EV471 ECOLOGY 

PY305 LOGICAL REASONING 

PY310 REALITY AND KNOWLEDGE 

PY320 ETHICS 

SS386 POLITICAL THOUGHT

LW410 COMPARATIVE LEGAL SYSTEMS 

LW461 CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE LAW  

PL383 EXPERIMENTAL SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 

PL393 CRIMINOLOGY-CRIM JUST SYSTM 

PL482 ARMED FORCES AND SOCIETY 

SS392 POLITICS-RACE,GENDER,SEXUALITY 

SS473 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY 

SS476 CONFLICT AND NEGOTIATION 

XH405 THE HOLOCAUST AND ITS LEGACY 

XH467 WINNING THE PEACE

 

This major offers an honors track. 

 

To learn more, view the full English Major Curriculum.

English majors have a number of enrichment opportunities including participation in activities like the Zengerle Family Lecture in the Arts and Humanities, the Creative Arts Project, and Partnership with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company.  Majors can also publish in the Circle in the Spiral (cadet creative writing publication), attend undergraduate conferences and trip sections to places like New York City (e.g., Libraries, Theaters, etc.). Cadets in this major have the opportunity to apply for a summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience.

 

To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of English and Philosophy or the center associated with this department/area of study.