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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of English

Department of English

Undergraduate Majors

Literary Studies

This concentration is for students who wish to study the historical development of literature in English from Great Britain and America. Students explore a range of texts from medieval British to post-colonial literatures of the Americas. This program of study is appropriate for students who plan for careers in secondary education or for those intending to continue academic study in graduate school for an MA or PhD in English. Please note: no more than 8 credit hours may be taken at the 1000 level for major credit. At least 12 credit hours must be taken at the 3000 (junior & senior) level.

New Requirements (for students entering major Fall 2012 and after):

  • 8 hrs. British Literature Survey (2100, 2200, or 2300)
  • 8 hrs. American Literature (2750, 2751, or 2752 )
  • 4 hrs. Shakespeare
  • 4 hrs. Ethnic Literature
  • 4 hrs. International Literature
  • 4 hrs. Rhetoric/Literary Theory (e.g., 2026, 2815, 3813, 3815, 3817, 3818, 3823, 3825, 3852)
  • 12 hrs. English Electives

Previous Requirements (for students entering major before Fall 2012):

  • 12 hrs. British Literature Survey (2100, 2200, 2300)
  • 12 hrs. American Literature Survey (2750, 2751,2752)
  • 4 hrs. An Ethnic or International Literature Course
  • 16 hrs. English Electives