English Literature Major - Bachelor of Arts
The English Literature Major offers students the opportunity for a focused and comprehensive study of literature written in the English language. The English Literature Major engages students in the range of approaches to literary study that now characterize the field: the historical study of national traditions, literary theory, the study of texts in cultural context, genre studies, and the critical analysis of representations of identity, especially in terms of race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality. It builds onto the existing English Major a series of requirements that ensure students' greater immersion in literature, and it foregrounds research. In these ways, the program will be especially useful to those students who wish to go on to graduate school in English and other fields, as well as various kinds of professional training, including law school. For students planning other career paths, the English Literature Major will help them gain the ability to read critically, write papers that synthesize research results in a sustained analysis, and develop familiarity with the historical and cultural contexts that inform written expression. Beyond these more practical career concerns, this major is ideal for students who are passionate about reading fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and other kinds of imaginative literature.
These requirements apply to students entering the major in fall 2010 and beyond. For those entering the major prior to that, please see link at bottom of page.
Ten courses (40 credits)
Completed with a minimum grade of C- (with the exception of 419, which must be completed with a grade of C or better).
Students may fulfill one of their 10 courses with a course in literature outside of the department with prior written approval of their advisors.
Students must meet the following distribution requirements. Note that any one course may satisfy more than one requirement:
|Required||ENGL 419: Intro to Literary Analysis*|
One survey (512, 513, 514, 515, or 516)
and one of the following—512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 521, 530, 531, 532, 581, 585, 586
Either two advanced courses (600-level and above) or one advanced course and either English 512 or 513.
Choose from***: 512, 513, 657, 713, 741, 751, 753, 754, 755, 756, 758, 759, 763, 764, 765, 767, 768, 780, 781, 783.
Either two advanced courses, or one advanced course and one of the following: English 514, 515 or 516.
Choose from: 608, 609, 650**, 681, 690, 714, 739, 742, 743, 744, 745, 746, 747, 748, 749, 769, 770, 771, 772, 773, 774, 777, 782, 784, 786
|Required||ENGL 619: Critical Approaches to Literature. |
(This course is not offered every semester)
|One American |
|At the 600/700 level|
|One British |
|At the 600/700 level|
Two courses that investigate and question representations of identity
(517, 540, 550, 581, 585, 586, 681, 685, 690, 738, 739, 740, 775, 777); genre, including film, with the exception of 533 (616, 618, 733); and/or theoretical positions (713, 714)***
One course that addresses race, the construction of race, and racial theories
Choose from***: 517, 540, 550, 609, 690, 739, 739, 740, 693R, 797R
|English Literature Major Capstone: |
ENGL 787: English Major Seminar.
(previously numbered 697/698)
*This must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.” ENGL 419 is the only 400-level class that may count towards the English Literature major. English 403 will NOT count towards this major.
**If topic is appropriate. (Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill this requirement.)
***Other courses may count. Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill this requirement
- In addition to the 10 required literary studies courses, students are encouraged to take electives in other areas of the English Department.
- To graduate, a student must earn a total of 128 credits.
- English majors may NOT take ENGL 534 to satisfy the Environment, Technology & Society (ETS) requirement in Discovery.
- English Literature majors may NOT take ENGL 515 to satisfy a Historical Perspectives requirement in Discovery.
- English 415 classes may NOT be used to satisfy ENGL major requirements.
- E-COURSE RULE: Majors entering the department in Fall 2012 and beyond may only count one online course towards their major requirements.
Requirement Checklist (applies to students who entered the major prior to fall 2010 but after fall 2008).
Students who entered the major prior to fall 2008 must fulfill the major requirements in effect at that time.