William & Mary


The Joint Degree Program in English Language and Literature allows students to gain from both the St Andrews in-depth and progressive approach to the study of English and the more broad-based and interdisciplinary William & Mary approach. The combined degree program in English provides distinctive opportunities for the development of writing skills, increased sensitivity to language, awareness of the aesthetic and intellectual enjoyments of literature, and an understanding of the cultural values reflected in literature. Students will be exposed to a range of historical periods and critical approaches to literature. They can also take creative writing classes. The program serves students who are seeking to teach; students who are preparing for graduate study in English; students who desire a rich intellectual and aesthetic experience in advance of professional study in fields such as law, medicine and business; and students who choose English simply because they enjoy the disciplined study of literature and language. All English majors in the joint program have the opportunity to work on an independent research project as part of their degree, either by writing a dissertation at St Andrews or by taking a senior research seminar at William & Mary. A student who chooses to spend Year 4 at William & Mary may qualify to work on a senior honors project either in literature or creative writing.

Requirements for the Joint Degree Program in English
Note: ENGL is the prefix for English courses at W&M; EN is the prefix for English courses at St Andrews.

Required Credit Hours:

58 credits toward the major, at least 18 of which are completed at William & Mary

Major Computing Requirement:

ENGL 475 or 494 at W&M or the dissertation module (EN4399) at St Andrews

Major Writing Requirement:

A student who satisfies all requirements for the English major will also satisfy the Major Writing Requirement.

Core requirements:

All majors in the joint program are required to take the following:

1. In year 1, ENGL 204 (British Literature II) at W&M; or EN1003 (Ghosts and Doubles) and EN1004 (Explorers and Revolutionaries 1680-1830) at St Andrews

2. In year 2, ENGL 203 (British Literature I) at W&M; or EN2003 (Mediaeval and Renaissance Texts) and EN2004 (Drama: Reading and Performance) at St Andrews

3. One course or module in American literature, to be chosen from ENGL 207, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 371, 414A, or 417B; or EN3210, 4409, 4418 or 4419 at St Andrews

4. One course in a single author or auteur, chosen from ENGL 419, 420, 421, 422, or 426; or an equivalent honours module at St Andrews chosen from EN 4411, 4414, 4415, 4416, 4421

5. One course each in upper-level/Honours courses in two of the three period groups a.) Medieval, b.) Renaissance, and c.) 18th-19th century (for a total of two courses); this requirement may be covered as follows at W&M/St Andrews:

a. ENGL 315, 322,/ EN 3111, 3112, 3113, 4311, 4312, 4314
b. ENGL 323, 324,/ EN 3141, 3142, 3143, 4341, 4342, 4343, 4344
c. ENGL331, 332, 333, 341, 342, or 343/ EN 3161, 3162, 3163, 3164, 4361, 4362, 4363, or 4364

6. One dissertation module at St Andrews (EN 4399) or ENGL 475 at W&M.

Faculty contact:

Kim Wheatley
Department of English