This is what happens when you combine the study of English with social justice.

The Harvard Crimson reports:

English Department Diversity Course Requirement Approved

English concentrators will soon be required to enroll in a course featuring authors who may have been overlooked in the past for their race, gender, or sexuality following the Education Policy Committee’s recent approval of a departmental motion.

Members of the Class of 2020 who declare an English concentration in the fall of 2017 will be subject to the new requirement, which stipulates students must take a course featuring authors who may have been “marginalized for historical reasons,” according to English Department chair W. James Simpson.

“We’re tremendously pleased that the new requirement has been approved,” said Derek K. Miller, associate director of undergraduate studies for the English department.

The Educational Policy Committee, which approved the English department’s proposal last month, is chaired by Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana and votes on changes to departmental requirements.

According to Miller, the department is now beginning the process of determining which courses would fit the requirement.

“I think you’ll see an interesting array of courses taught by faculty across the department,” Miller said “Certainly there are courses that are already on the books that could fit.”

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