Maybe You Should Be an English Major...
If you earned a 4 or a 5 on AP Language & Literature, or a 6 or 7 on IB Higher Level English A1, you can skip these introductory classes, although ENGL 1310 is still a good idea.
When you’ve completed one of the introductory courses (or been exempted), you can start enrolling in advanced courses.
Even if you don’t decide until your sophomore year that you want to be an English major, you can still complete the major requirements without taking more than three courses in any semester. [For more on requirements, see Programs of Study.]
There is no foreign language requirement.
Many English majors spend a semester or more abroad, usually as juniors, and many venture outside England: Australia, Edinburgh, and Dublin are increasingly popular, and some students have studied in Anglophone Africa. Because we count the literatures of other languages as major electives, English majors have enjoyed study abroad in France, Italy, and other countries.
The GW Study Abroad Office has more information.
Yes. The department offers the MA and PhD degrees, but it also offers a 5-year BA/MA program for talented students, typically those who come through our Honors Program. The BA/MA program allows students to begin graduate work in their senior year, and enables them to earn the MA in English degree in one, rather than two, years of postgraduate studies. Visit the Honors in English page for more information, or contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
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An English Experience
Recent GW graduate and English major Anya Firestone fell in love with Paris while studying abroad. Returning for a residency program after graduation, Firestone worked on her own mixed media art, received advice from curators, artists, designers and writers, and had her art showcased at the Parsons Paris Gallery.