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Undergraduate Program

As an English major with a literature emphasis, you have opportunity to study a wide range of literature and develop insightful and meaningful responses.

In addition to the general requirements for Foundational Studies, literature students complete these courses:

Literature Capstone Public Presentation

Literature Capstone Public Presentation

  • ENGL 198: Introduction to English Studies
  • ENGL 275: Methods of Literary Study (CID requirement)
  • ENGL 424: Advanced Topics in Literature (2 courses, each with a different focus)
  • ENGL 498: Senior Capstone in Literary Studies (FF requirement)

Historical Breadth Courses:

  • ENGL 267 Survey of British Literature to 1790
  • ENGL 268 Survey of British Literature 1790-Present
  • ENGL 277 Survey of American Literature: Beginnings to Civil War
  • ENGL 278 Survey of American Literature Civil War to Present

Critical Thinking/Theory

  • ENGL 304 Argument
  • ENGL 393 Literary Criticism and Theory

Writing and/or Linguistics (choose 2):

  • ENGL 201 Nonfiction Writing
  • ENGL 202 Technical Communication
  • ENGL 204 Writing Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 205 Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 206 Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 324 Topics in Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENGL 329 Grammar, Style, and Writing
  • ENGL 401 Advanced Nonfiction Writing
  • LING 301 History of the English Language
  • LING 305 Introduction to Language Studies

Gender/Diversity/Culture (choose 1):

  • ENGL 390 Ethnic Literature
  • ENGL 395 Women Writers
  • ENGL 396 Postcolonial Literature

Actors from the London Stage presented Richard III, and taught us to curse in literature classrooms

Actors from the London Stage presented Richard III, and taught us to curse in literature classrooms

300-level Literature courses (choose 3):

  • ENGL 338 Literature in Translation
  • ENGL 340 Chaucer
  • ENGL 341 Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 345 Shakespeare
  • ENGL 350 British Renaissance Literature
  • ENGL 351 Milton
  • ENGL 358 Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • ENGL 360 British Romantic Literature
  • ENGL 365 Victorian Literature
  • ENGL 375 Early American Literature
  • ENGL 377 American Renaissance
  • ENGL 378 American Realism
  • ENGL 383 Studies in Fiction
  • ENGL 384 Literature of the American West
  • ENGL 385 Studies in Poetry
  • ENGL 386 Modern and Contemporary British Literature
  • ENGL 387 Modern and Contemporary American Literature
  • ENGL 388 Studies in Nonfiction
  • ENGL 389 Studies in Drama
  • ENGL 390 Ethnic Literature
  • ENGL 392 Film and Literature
  • ENGL 394 Literature and the Environment
  • ENGL 395 Women Writers
  • ENGL 396 Postcolonial Literature
  • LING 310 First and Second Language Acquisition
  • LING 327 Applied Linguistics in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

A course in Linguistic Diversity and Variation (choose 1):

  • LING 331 Politics of Language
  • LING 321 Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Additional course in the same language taken for DLL

Upper-division electives to total 40 credits (3-5 courses)

Electives to total 120 credits

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