Honors Program


The Honors Option is a special program which enables students, by working independently and in seminars, to develop a strong academic background in preparation for postgraduate study in English or for entry into a variety of postgraduate fields. Admission to the program normally begins in the first semester of the junior year. Honors students are eligible to join Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society. For further information and admission to Honors Program, see the Honors Program Web Site or:

Sandra Stanley
Associate Chair (Interim Fall 2020)
Email: sandra.stanley@csun.edu


English studies provides a good academic foundation for radio and television broadcasting, editing, writing, politics, film and library work, journalism, criticism, advertising, public information, public relations, teaching and technical writing. Studies show that English as a pre-professional major is valuable preparation for future careers in law, medicine, business, and federal service.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

In pursuing their major students are encouraged to follow our Degree Road Map.

Lower Division Required Courses (9 units)

  • ENGL 258 Major English Writers I 
  • ENGL 259 Major English Writers II 
  • ENGL 275 Major American Writers

Upper Division Required Courses (27 units)

A. Literary Theory (3 units)

  • ENGL 436 Major Critical Theories

B. Literatures of Cultural Diversity (3 units) 

Select one of the following:

  • ENGL 311 African-American Writing ENGL 314 American Indian Literature
  • ENGL 368 Gay Male Writers 
  • ENGL 369 Lesbian Writers 
  • ENGL 371 Issues in Jewish-American Writing 
  • ENGL 431 Images of Women in Literature 
  • ENGL 433 Women Authors 
  • ENGL 434 19th Century Women Novelists 
  • ENGL 487 Latino/a Literature 

*Consult an advisor for courses in other areas such as Asian Am and Chicano/a lit that may also satisfy this requirement.

C. British and American Literatures (6 units)

I. British Literature (3 units)

Select one course from the following: 

  • ENGL 419 English Drama 1660-1880
  • ENGL 443 English Literature of the Middle Ages
  • ENGL 449 The English Renaissance
  • ENGL 452 17th Century Literature 
  • ENGL 456 The Age of Enlightenment 
  • ENGL 458 The Romantic Age 
  • ENGL 460 The Victorian Age
  • ENGL 461 Modern British Literature
  • ENGL 462 Contemporary British Literature 
  • ENGL 466 Major British Novelists I
  • ENGL 467 Major British Novelists II
  • ENGL 468 Major British Novelists III
II. American Literature (3 units)

Select one course from the following: 

  • ENGL 473 American Literature 1607-1860
  • ENGL 474 American Literature 1860-1912
  • ENGL 475 American Literature 1912-1945
  • ENGL 476 Contemporary American Lit 
  • ENGL 477 Major American Novelists I: 19th Century  
  • ENGL 478 Major American Novelists II: 20th Century

D. Junior Honors Tutorials (6 units)

  • ENGL 392 Junior Honors Tutorial I
  • ENGL 393 Junior Honors Tutorial II

(392 and 393 may be taken in any sequence)

E. Senior Honors Tutorials (6 units)

  • ENGL 492 Senior Honors Tutorial I
  • ENGL 493 Senor Honors Tutorial II

(492 and 493 may be taken in any sequence)

F. Honors Capstone Class (3 units)

  • ENGL 497A Honors Revision Seminar

Upper Division Electives (9 units)

English 300, 305, 316, and 364 are not permitted as electives in this option. 

Students may repeat 492 and 493 once for elective credit.

(Note: English 355: Writing about Literature is not required of Honors students since all Honors courses are writing intensive courses.)

Total Units in the Major Option V: (45)

General Education (48 units)

The standard General Education requirement is 48 units; however, English majors are permitted to double count 3 units from the Lower Division major requirements (258, 259, 275) for both GE Subject Explorations-Arts and Humanities and for the major.Students majoring in English are encouraged to take a foreign language as part of their college program. 

Title V (6 units)

Additional Units (20 units)*

*Additional units may vary according to the individual student’s program.

Students majoring in English are encouraged to take a foreign language as part of their college program.

Total Units Required for the Degree: 120 

Graduation with Honors

To graduate from the Honors Program, a student needs a GPA of 3.5 or better in his or her upper division English courses. A special “Honors” notation will appear on your diploma and you will be invited to participate in the University’s Honor Convocation.