THE COLLEGE FIX – ARYSSA DAMRON
English majors no longer required to take class focused on Chaucer, Shakespeare
A year and a half after a petition circulated calling for Yale to “decolonize the English department,” the first students are enrolled in a new course created by the department to increase the breadth of the curriculum and combat claims of departmental racism.
What’s more, new requirements are in place to ensure a more “diversified” slate of courses.
Previous requirements for the major included two courses in “Major English Poets,” including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton and Eliot, among others. But that two-course series petitioners had deemed actively harmful due to its focus on white male poets. The series is no longer a graduation requirement for Yale’s English majors.