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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of English and Literary Arts

Department of English

Undergraduate Majors

Textual Studies

This concentration was discontinued in Fall 2017.

This concentration is for students seeking the opportunity to pursue interests in rhetoric and literary theory, perhaps in preparation for professional graduate programs (e.g., law, business, public administration). Neither the British nor the American literature surveys are required, although students are required to choose at least two courses from both national literatures. This program of study may also be appropriate for those who plan careers in secondary education or those who plan to attend graduate school for the 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 DU Fall 2012 through 2016):

  • 8 hrs. British Literature (one course before and one after 1789)
  • 8 hrs. American Literature (one course before and one after 1900)
  • 4 hrs. Ethnic Literature
  • 4 hrs. International Literature
  • 8 hrs. Rhetoric/Literary Theory (e.g., 2026, 2815, 3813, 3815, 3817, 3818, 3822, 3823, 3825, 3852)
  • 12 hrs. English Electives (in consultation with the student's advisor)

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.