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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

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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-280 Theory and Methods of the Study of Literature 3 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 Courses 6 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-329 Inventing America 3 credits
ENG-330 African American Literature 3 credits
ENG-331 Gardens of American Literature 3 credits
ENG-332 Adrienne Rich 3 credits
ENG-333 Hemingway and Faulkner 3 credits
ENG-334 Ecopoetics 3 credits
ENG-335 American Renaissance 3 credits
ENG-337 American Poetry and Poetics 3 credits

 

English Literature before 1789

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-306 The Seventeenth Century Lyric 3 credits
ENG-307 Origins and Traditions of English Literature 3 credits
ENG-308 Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Shakespeare, Johnson 3 credits
ENG-309 The Epic Tradition 3 credits
ENG-310 English Renaissance Literature 3 credits
ENG-311 Drama of Early Modern Europe 3 credits

 

English Literature after 1789

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-315 Ghosties and Ghoulies and Long-Leggedy Beasties: the Supernatural in British Literature 3 credits
ENG-316 The Brontes 3 credits
ENG-317 Nineteenth-Century British Fiction 3 credits
ENG-318 Prize Books 3 credits
ENG-319 Nineteenth-Century Literature of the British Isles 3 credits
ENG-320 Twentieth-Century Literature of the British Isles 3 credits

 

Postcolonial Literature

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-322 V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie 3 credits
ENG-323 Postcolonial Studies 3 credits
ENG-324 Narratives Against Oppression 3 credits
ENG-325 Constructing World Literatures 3 credits

 

Literature in English Capstone (3 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-498 Literature in English Capstone 3 credits

 

Foreign Language Courses

Complete 1 first-year sequence from the following languages:

 

Spanish

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
SPA-101 Spanish Language & Culture I 3 credits
SPA-102 Spanish Language & Culture II 3 credits

 

French

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
FRE-101 French Language and Culture I 4 credits
FRE-102 French Language and Culture II 4 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

View this degree in the course catalog

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 Courses 6 credits

 

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

 

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-306 The Seventeenth Century Lyric 3 credits
ENG-307 Origins and Traditions of English Literature 3 credits
ENG-308 Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Shakespeare, Johnson 3 credits
ENG-309 The Epic Tradition 3 credits
ENG-310 English Renaissance Literature 3 credits
ENG-311 Drama of Early Modern Europe 3 credits
ENG-315 Ghosties and Ghoulies and Long-Leggedy Beasties: the Supernatural in British Literature 3 credits
ENG-316 The Brontes 3 credits
ENG-317 Nineteenth-Century British Fiction 3 credits
ENG-318 Prize Books 3 credits
ENG-319 Nineteenth-Century Literature of the British Isles 3 credits
ENG-320 Twentieth-Century Literature of the British Isles 3 credits
ENG-322 V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie 3 credits
ENG-324 Narratives Against Oppression 3 credits
ENG-325 Constructing World Literatures 3 credits
ENG-329 Inventing America 3 credits
ENG-330 African American Literature 3 credits
ENG-331 Gardens of American Literature 3 credits
ENG-332 Adrienne Rich 3 credits
ENG-333 Hemingway and Faulkner 3 credits
ENG-334 Ecopoetics 3 credits
ENG-335 American Renaissance 3 credits
ENG-337 American Poetry and Poetics 3 credits
ENG-338 Postmodern Literature 3 credits

 

Complete 3 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-280 Theory and Methods of the Study of Literature 3 credits
ENG-SEM- One 300-Level Literature Seminar 3 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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