English Major with Literary Studies Option, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Mission Statement: The English Literature Program develops students’ abilities in analytical reading, writing, and thinking through study of significant literary texts in British, American, and world literature.

Literary Studies is a liberal arts program. It often is recommended as a pre-professional program and is the most appropriate concentration for those students hoping to pursue the study of language and literature at the doctoral level. Many students pursue this concentration for personal enrichment or in preparation for other types of careers or professional schools. Literary Studies majors are generally successful wherever verbal and analytical skills are important.

Note: two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required.

Pre-Major Requirements
Note: ENGL 270 and ENGL 271 requires a minimum grade ≥2.5 in each course and a ≥3.0 average for the two courses together.
Note: see admission requirements for remaining requirements for the common departmental pre-major.
ENGL 270INTRODUCTION TO FICTION5
ENGL 271INTRODUCTION TO POETRY5
Department Core
ENGL 340SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE I5
ENGL 341SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE II5
ENGL 342SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE III5
ENGL 343SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE I5
ENGL 344SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE II5
ENGL 350SHAKESPEARE5
Required Literary Study Option Courses
ENGL 273CRITICAL METHODOLOGIES5
ENGL 360LANGUAGE STRUCTURE AND USE5
ENGL 490SENIOR CAPSTONE5
Select one of the following5
MYTHOLOGY
LITERATURE OF THE BIBLE
Select two or more seminar courses from the following 10
SEMINAR IN LITERATURE I: MAJOR AUTHORS
SEMINAR IN LITERATURE II: STUDIES IN GENRE
SEMINAR IN LITERATURE III: LITERARY ERAS
SEMINAR IN LITERATURE IV: SPECIAL TOPICS
Elective–select one 400-level literature course5
Total Credits75

For information on General Education, see Undergraduate Degree .

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • demonstrate adherence to disciplinary conventions, including grammar, mechanics and appropriate citation style, and production of creative and rhetorically sensitive prose;
  • compose sophisticated arguments that are well organized and supported by research and textual evidence;
  • demonstrate essential skills of deep reading, analytical writing, and critical thinking;
  • demonstrate knowledge of literary texts, cultures and time periods in order to develop cultural awareness and competency.