In their third year, students must take one unit from the following: Special Author Project; Special Topic; Dissertation. (To be entered for the dissertation, students must achieve an average of 63% or higher in their second year.) In their third year, students must also take the equivalent of one third-year unit in English and the equivalent of two third-year units of Comparative Literature, as specified by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
For a full range of Special Author Projects and Special Topics in the English Department, as well as a list of full- and half-unit third year options, please see Current Course Options.
N.B. In either their second or third year, students must take one half unit focusing on literature from before 1780 (i.e. Medieval or Renaissance, but excluding Shakespeare).