The English department's Tracks program enables you, if you choose, to give more shape and focus to your English major. Tracks are entirely optional.
A track is a cluster of four or more courses organized about
The track is designed to allow you to define your specific literary interests by carefully choosing what courses you take as your English electives. You will not have to take extra courses to complete a track.
A track may help shape and focus the whole of your Villanova education. At least three of the courses for a track have to be English courses numbered 2000 or above, but the fourth can be an upper-level course from another department. When you’re choosing your required upper-level courses in disciplines such as History or Philosophy, you might want to look for courses that complement your English track. You are also free to put together a track of more than four courses, making your track even more interdisciplinary.
A Sample Historical Field Track (in Medieval/Renaissance literature):
A Sample Genre Track (in Poetry):
A Sample Independent Track (in Race and Ethnicity):
Review the English courses you’ve taken, because you might already have the basis for a track in place. If you’re interested in following a track, begin by talking with your advisor before registration. She or he might refer you to another English professor whose interests correspond with yours, especially if you’re planning on devising your own independent track. General questions about the program can be referred to the coordinator of the program, Prof. Michael Berthold. The program is designed to be flexible and to accommodate a broad range of academic possibilities. Each English major’s track will probably be unique to her or him. Normally you should declare your interest in pursuing a track by the fall term of your senior year.
The English department will issue a certificate that will attest to the successful completion of a track. You might also want to include information about your track on your resume (e.g., “English major with special interest in Medieval/Renaissance literature”).