**As of 2019, our course numbering system has changed.  Please read the page linked here for a summary of the new course numbers and how they apply to the major requirements.  **


Here are several general guidelines students should keep in mind when considering courses in English. In addition to the English department website, you may also want to use Lou’s List to search for courses in English (as well as all other departments at UVA).



  • While there is no single prerequisite for declaring a major in English, the Director of the Undergraduate Program recommends that students take an ENGL 2500-level course (except 2559) as an introduction to department and its expectations. You may declare the major while enrolled in an ENGL 2500-level course, but must earn at least a C in that course. This course will count towards the 30 credits required in the major. Students who haven't taken an ENGL 2500-level course may also declare an English major after enrolling in two 3000-level courses.

  • The English department will accept one course in the literature of another language (in the original or in translation) for 3 of the required 30 semester hours. Such courses may NOT be used simultaneously to satisfy the Pre-1700 and 1700-1900 literature requirements within the major.

  • You should know that it is department policy to officially drop enrolled students from the roster if they fail to show up on the first day of class.  The only exceptions will be for those who have contacted the professor ahead of time and received permission to miss the first day.

  • Themes for all of the academic writing courses (ENWR 1505, 1506, 1510, 2510 and 2520) may be found on the Writing and Rhetoric website.

Graduates and Undergraduates

Courses may be subject to change. We do not guarantee that the course offerings will remain the same. Check the course descriptions again prior to pre- and final registration.