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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of English and Literary Arts

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 literature 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. 

New Requirements (for students entering DU beginning Fall 2017):

• Foundations (1000-level courses): 4 hrs. (ENGL 1010: Introductory Topics in English is required for all majors.)
• Core Studies (2000-level courses): 12 hrs.
• Advanced Studies (3000-level courses): 8 hrs.
• Senior Sequence (3000-level): 8 hrs. (i.e., two courses designated as "senior seminar" in the course schedule)
• Electives: 12 hrs.

Please note:

• All majors must satisfy a 12-hr. diversity/distribution requirement, which means that at least 3 courses must include international and/or ethnic literature. (Please consult the "Current Courses" and "Course Archives" section of the department website to see if a particular course satisfies this requirement.)
• Majors may not take more than 12 hrs. of ENGL courses at the 1000 level.
• Majors must take at least 16 hrs. at the 3000-level (two Advanced Studies courses + Senior Sequence).
• Majors may not take more than 60 hrs. of ENGL courses.
• Majors must earn a C- or better in all ENGL courses.

Old Requirements (for students entering DU Fall 2012 through 2016):

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.

  • 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, 3822, 3823, 3825, 3852)
  • 12 hrs. English Electives

Pre-Admission Program for Majors to the MA

Beginning in Fall 2018, the Department offers pre-admission to our MA in Literary Studies. Extraordinarily high-performing majors with a 3.9 GPA or above and good Departmental standing will receive an offer of pre-admission to the MA. These exceptional students in the major are fast-tracked for admission into the MA and will have several admission requirements waived (including the GRE). For further information, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Adam Rovner.