Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
    Oct 18, 2019  
Academic Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Chair: Associate Professor B. Kuhn
Faculty: Professors H. Jenkins, J. Smith (on leave Spring 2019); Associate Professors C. Bracken, A. Burkett, K. Doyle, J. Lewin, K. Lynes (on leave Fall 2018), J. Murphy,  B. Tuon, P. Wareh; Assistant Professors S. McAuliffe, J. Mitchell (on leave Fall 2018, Winter 2019), J. Troxell; D. Venning; Senior Lecturer A. Pease
Staff:  Debora Catharine (Administrative Assistant)

Course Selection Guidelines

Placement: Unless they have scored a 5 on the AP English Literature or AP English Language test (see below), incoming students should enroll in EGL 100  , EGL 101  , or EGL 102  ; alternatively, they may choose to take a non-writing-intensive EGL course numbered 0-99 (see below, “courses Suitable for Non-Majors”).

Scores of “5” on AP English Exams:

The English department recognizes an AP score of 5 as sufficient preparation for study at the intermediate (200-) level; therefore, any students with this test score may choose to enroll at the 200-level in English without the 100-level prerequisite.  Note: English majors and minors cannot, however, use this AP credit to reduce the number of courses taken to fulfill major or minor requirements.  English majors with an AP 5 still need 12 courses (7 for minors/ 8 for IDs). With AP credit specifically offsetting a 100-level prerequisite, the number of required 100-levels is reduced to one for majors, and zero for minors and IDs; therefore, de facto, majors and minors and IDs with an AP 5 get to take an extra elective.  

Currently at Union College, a grade of 4 or 5 on an AP English Literature or AP English Language test earns an unspecified course credit that may be counted toward graduation.  However, all students still must fulfill the requirements of the Common Curriculum. AP credit does not fulfill or substitute for HUL or WAC requirements; students with AP 5s may choose to fulfill these requirements in English with an intermediate (200-) level EGL course instead of a 100-level course.

Courses Suitable for Non-Majors:

The English department occasionally offers Common Curriculum courses, intended for non-majors.  These courses have numbers between 0 and 99, and are lecture-plus-exam courses rather than writing-intensive courses; however, they do carry HUL credit.  Any student is welcome to enroll in a 100-level course after taking a course numbered 0-99, but there is no prerequisite for any 100-level course.  Note: Common Curriculum courses do not count towards the English major, ID major or minor.

Non-majors and majors alike are welcome to enroll in EGL 100 , EGL 101 , or EGL 102 , which are suitable for non-majors. EGL 100 and 102 are petition courses due to high demand.

Any student who has completed EGL 100  , EGL 101  , or EGL 102   has the prerequisite and should then enroll in any 200-level EGL course (see also AP 5 information above). All 200-level courses are equal in difficulty.

300- and 400-level EGL seminars are by petition; they are intended mainly for majors, IDs and minors, who will be given priority in enrollment. Depending upon demand, some seats may be available for non-majors (at the discretion of the instructor).


  • EGL 100 , EGL 101 , or EGL 102  is a prerequisite for any 200-level course. (See AP5 information above)
  • To enroll in a 300-level EGL course, a student must have taken either EGL 100 , EGL 101 , or EGL 102  and two 200-level EGL courses for a total of at least three English courses.
  • To enroll in a 400-level EGL course, a student must have taken two introductory courses (selecting from EGL 100 , EGL 101 , and EGL 102 ) and four 200-level EGL courses for a total of at least six English courses.

Enrollment Limits: Enrollment limits for the categories of courses are as follows:

  • 30 for Common Curriculum Courses (0-99)
  • 20 for Introductory Courses (100 level)
  • 25 for Intermediate Courses (200 level)
  • 15 for writing workshops (EGL 293  , EGL 294  , EGL 295  )
  • 15 for Advanced Junior and Senior Seminars (300 and 400 level)

For detailed information about English department courses and activities, consult handouts available in the English department office, or see the English Department’s webpage or Facebook page.

Click through below for specific information about major and minor requirements.


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