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Overview

The C of I English Department encourages the study of the historical and cultural contexts of literature and language.

This program will challenge you to:

  • Study literature as a form of cultural expression and in practicing literary research methods.
  • Explore ways in which literature shapes and influences culture.
  • Pursue your individual interests in literature, creative writing and journalism.
  • Practice and develop skills through independent studies, creative projects and internships.
Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Major
Literature in English Major

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Humanities & Fine Arts

Courses and Requirements

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

Major Requirements (9 credits):

Complete the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-280Theory and Methods of the Study of Literature3 credits

Note: ENG-280 should be taken before enrolling in 300-level literature seminars.

Complete 6 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-200-Level Introduction to Literary Studies Courses6 credits

Note: 6 credits of 200-level Introduction to Literary Studies Courses are to be completed by no later than end of sophomore year. Ideally students majoring or minoring in Literature in English or Creative Writing majors will have taken two Introduction to Literary Study courses at the 200-level before enrolling in 300-level literature seminars.

300-level literature seminars (18 credits):

Take one course from each of the four areas below (12 credits): 
  and
Complete two additional 300-level Literature Seminars (6 credits)
  or
Complete one additional 300-level Literature Seminar and ENG-490 (6 credits)

American Literature

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-329Inventing America3 credits
ENG-330African American Literature3 credits
ENG-331Gardens of American Literature3 credits
ENG-332Adrienne Rich3 credits
ENG-333Hemingway and Faulkner3 credits
ENG-334Ecopoetics3 credits
ENG-335American Renaissance3 credits
ENG-337American Poetry and Poetics3 credits

English Literature before 1789

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-306The Seventeenth Century Lyric3 credits
ENG-307Origins and Traditions of English Literature3 credits
ENG-308Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Shakespeare, Johnson3 credits
ENG-309The Epic Tradition3 credits
ENG-310English Renaissance Literature3 credits
ENG-311Drama of Early Modern Europe3 credits

English Literature after 1789

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-315Ghosties and Ghoulies and Long-Leggedy Beasties: the Supernatural in British Literature3 credits
ENG-316The Brontes3 credits
ENG-317Nineteenth-Century British Fiction3 credits
ENG-318Prize Books3 credits
ENG-319Nineteenth-Century Literature of the British Isles3 credits
ENG-320Twentieth-Century Literature of the British Isles3 credits

Postcolonial Literature

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-322V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie3 credits
ENG-323Postcolonial Studies3 credits
ENG-324Narratives Against Oppression3 credits
ENG-325Constructing World Literatures3 credits

Literature in English Capstone (3 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-498Literature in English Capstone3 credits

Foreign Language Courses

Complete 1 first-year sequence from the following languages:

Spanish

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
SPA-101Spanish Language & Culture I3 credits
SPA-102Spanish Language & Culture II3 credits

French

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
FRE-101French Language and Culture I4 credits
FRE-102French Language and Culture II4 credits

Note: Latin, Greek and other modern foreign languages may fulfill this requirement.  Interested students should consult the chair of the department of English. 

Students who wish to be certified to teach English at the secondary level should consult with a faculty member in the Education Department to learn the current requirements for certification.

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
Literature in English Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Humanities & Fine Arts

Courses and Requirements

15 credits (Total does not include First-Year Seminar or ENG-100 courses)

Minor Requirements

Complete 6 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-200-Level Introduction to Literary Studies Courses6 credits

Complete two 300-level literature seminars (6 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-306The Seventeenth Century Lyric3 credits
ENG-307Origins and Traditions of English Literature3 credits
ENG-308Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Shakespeare, Johnson3 credits
ENG-309The Epic Tradition3 credits
ENG-310English Renaissance Literature3 credits
ENG-311Drama of Early Modern Europe3 credits
ENG-315Ghosties and Ghoulies and Long-Leggedy Beasties: the Supernatural in British Literature3 credits
ENG-316The Brontes3 credits
ENG-317Nineteenth-Century British Fiction3 credits
ENG-318Prize Books3 credits
ENG-319Nineteenth-Century Literature of the British Isles3 credits
ENG-320Twentieth-Century Literature of the British Isles3 credits
ENG-322V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie3 credits
ENG-324Narratives Against Oppression3 credits
ENG-325Constructing World Literatures3 credits
ENG-329Inventing America3 credits
ENG-330African American Literature3 credits
ENG-331Gardens of American Literature3 credits
ENG-332Adrienne Rich3 credits
ENG-333Hemingway and Faulkner3 credits
ENG-334Ecopoetics3 credits
ENG-335American Renaissance3 credits
ENG-337American Poetry and Poetics3 credits
ENG-338Postmodern Literature3 credits

Complete 3 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-280Theory and Methods of the Study of Literature3 credits
ENG-SEM-One 300-Level Literature Seminar3 credits

Students who wish to be certified to teach English at the secondary level may need to take additional courses in English and should consult with a faculty member in the Education Department to learn the current requirements for certification.

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