Core Coursework-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

EBA Curriculum

In addition to satisfying all of the H&SS degree requirements for B.A. candidates, English B.A. majors must complete 11 courses: 8 core courses and 3 electives.

EBA Core Courses

Complete both of the following courses:
76-26x Survey of Forms (Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, or Screenwriting)
76-294 Interpretive Practices

Research Course

76-394 Research in English

Rhetoric Requirement (1 course, 9 units)

Complete one course from a set of varied offerings in Rhetoric as designated each term by the English Department. Rhetoric courses focus explicitly on language and discourse as objects of study and emphasize the relationships of language, text structure, and meaning within specific contexts.

300-Level Courses (2 courses, 18 units)

Complete two 300-level courses that investigate the production and interpretation of texts and other media from a variety of periods and theoretical and methodological perspectives. Course offerings that meet these requirements are advertised on a semester-by-semester basis. For EBA majors, 76-294 Interpretive Practices is a prerequisite for these courses. (See a list of 300-level course options.)

400-Level Seminar Courses (2 courses, 18 units)

Complete two 400-level seminar courses which investigate a specific topic in depth and allow students to work on a major research-based paper. Courses in this category will be advertised on a semester-by-semester basis. For EBA majors, Interpretive Practices (76-294) is a prerequisite and Research in English (76-394) is a pre- or co-requisited. (See a list of 400-level course offerings.)

"Period" Course Requirement

The period course requirement is not a separate course requirement per se but one that needs to be met through the selection of the required 300- and 400-level courses. At least two of these four required courses must be "period" courses, that is, courses that focus on texts that are connected in time and place or through common social concerns. One of these two courses must focus on a historical period prior to 1900. Courses in this category will vary from year to year and be advertised on a semester-by-semester basis. Such courses may be at either the 300 or 400 level.

English Electives (3 courses, 27 units)

Complete three courses from the English Department’s offerings. One may be at the 200 level or above; the remaining two must be at the 300- or 400-level. Electives may include any courses offered by the English Department with the exception of courses designed for non-majors. Some semester offerings may include cross-listed courses from Modern Languages or History.