PEAK Majors

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Literature in English Major

30 credits (Total does not include First-Year Seminar, ENG-100 or Foreign language courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Complete 6 credits from the following:

ENG 200-level

Introduction to Literary Studies Courses

6

(to be completed by no later than end of sophomore year. Ideally students majoring or minoring in Literary Studies in English or Creative Writing majors will have taken two English courses at the 200-level before enrolling in 300-level literature courses.)

ENG-280

Theory and Methods of the Study of Literature

3

(Note: ENG-280 should be taken before enrolling in 300-level literature courses)

Complete 18 credits in literature seminar courses at the 300-level with at least 3 credits in each of the following areas:

American Literature

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

ENG-329

Inventing America

3

ENG-330

African American Literature

3

ENG-331

Gardens of American Literature

3

ENG-332

Adrienne Rich

3

ENG-333

Hemingway & Faulkner

3

ENG-334

Ecopoetics

3

ENG-335

The American Renaissance

3

English Literature before 1789

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

ENG-307

Origins and Traditions of English Literature

3

ENG-308

Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson

3

ENG-309

The Epic Tradition

3

English Literature after 1789

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

ENG-315

The Supernatural in British Literature

3

ENG-316

The Brontës

3

ENG-317

Nineteenth-century British Fiction

3

ENG-318

Prize Books

3

ENG-319

Nineteenth-century Literature of the British Isles

3

ENG-320

Twentieth-century Literature of the British Isles

3

Postcolonial Literature

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

ENG-322

V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie

3

ENG-323

Postcolonial Studies

3

ENG-324

Narratives Against Oppression

3

ENG-325

Constructing World Literatures

3

Other 300-Level Seminar Courses

ENG-338

Postmodern Literature

3

Note: 6 additional credits in Seminars are required from any of the above listed 300-level seminars to satisfy the required 18 credits.

Senior Seminar

ENG-498

Senior Thesis Seminar in Literature

3

Foreign Language Courses

Complete 1-first year sequence from the following languages:

Spanish

SPA-131

Spanish Language and Culture I

4

SPA-132

Spanish Language and Culture II

4

French

FRE-111

French Language and Culture I

4

FRE-112

French Language and Culture II

4

German

GER-121

German Language and Culture I

4

GER-122

German Language and Culture II

4

If available, students may study Latin or Greek. Equivalency tests must be agreed upon by both the Modern Foreign Language and English Departments. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Communicating clearly, persuasively and confidently in writing
  • Critically interpreting literature
  • Understanding and interpreting literature as a form of human imagination and expression
  • Understanding how the literary tradition has helped shape the world
  • Critical Thinking

English Teaching Certification

Students pursuing English as either their first or second teaching field, develop a program of study in consultation with both the faculty member in charge of secondary education and an advisor from the English Department. Such students must successfully complete following requirements:

Course Course Title Credits

ENG-446

Linguistics for Language Teachers (cross-listed -EDU/MFL)

3

Complete 6 credits from the following (limit of 1 JOURN course):

ENG-347

Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

3

ENG-498

Senior Thesis Seminar in Literature

3

JOURN-200

Principles and Practices of Journalism: Print

3

JOURN-300

Feature Writing

3