English

The English Department at Rutgers-New Brunswick has been central to the mission of Rutgers University for years. Rutgers English trains more than seven hundred undergraduate majors and minors in literature, and nearly a hundred active graduate students. Through the composition requirement offered by its Writing Program, Rutgers English provides gateway instruction in reading and writing practices to more than 17,000 students annually. Located at the hub of so much intellectual activity, Rutgers English plays a definitive role in shaping the character and quality of humanistic inquiry across the disciplines at the university.


 First Semester Planning

We recommend that students register for approximately 15 credits each semester and no more than 16 credits in their first semester. Your schedule should be well-balanced and include coursework from a variety of subjects. A diverse schedule will help you begin your studies in potential majors and minors; explore a breadth of new knowledge across departments at Rutgers to meet SAS Core Curriculum learning goals; and survey broader academic interests through elective courses as you work to attain the required 120 degree credits for graduation.

Your schedule will look something like this:

 

College Writing or English course per placement results (3 credits)

Major Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Major or Minor Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

 Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit) 

 Total Credits: 15-16

 

Additional Information Beyond the Classroom

For your first semester, we want you to focus on selecting appropriate courses, begin to understand the expectations and rigor of college, and identify resources to help you succeed at Rutgers. But, we also know that it is important to provide information for future planning.

In addition to the information below, students interested in exploring possible career options may find this resource from the Office of Career Exploration and Success helpful - you'll find that a degree in this subject prepares you for a wide variety of career options!

At a Glance

English

Undergraduate Advisors
Chris Iannini
Leandra Cain
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Programs Offered:
Major in English
Minor in Creative Writing

Certificate Programs:
Certificate in Drama and Performance Studies

Location:
College Avenue Campus

Department Website