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  Dec 12, 2017
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Literature - Major


Students in the Literature major pursue courses that provide a broad foundation in the history of literature in English as well as in-depth study of particular periods, genres, and styles. Core courses in British, American, and World literature provide knowledge of the literary tradition, in addition to skill in literary and cultural analysis and criticism. Electives focusing on a wide range of literary topics enable students to learn much more about the historical periods and cultural contexts from which literature has come, and the ways in which it has influenced our understanding of the world in which we live.

Students who elect to pursue teacher certification through the English education program receive special instruction in teaching methods and philosophy through the English department (in addition to their required coursework in the School of Education). In order to be eligible for the Professional Semester (student teaching), students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7.

English Literature Core

All English Literature majors are required to take the Introduction to Literary Studies, one Survey course in each of three areas (British, American, and World Literature), and the Senior Seminar.


In addition to the five required courses listed above, English Literature majors select five electives, at least four of which must be at the upper-level (300-400), including at least one course in each of the three areas, British, American, and World Literature.

English Literature Elective Courses

English Literature Senior Experience

The Senior Experience in Literature is the culminating experience of our major, and it is required for graduation.  The seminar is intended to enable students to demonstrate their mastery of their major field and their ability to make connections between study in the major and work in the liberal arts core curriculum.  All Senior Experience projects will involve a significant research component and a presentation of that research; beyond that, projects will vary according to student interest and the focus of the Senior Seminar, to which the Senior Experience is attached.

Sample Program for English Major - Literature Track

Freshman Year

  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Math and Science with Lab Credits: 7
  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Credits: 9
  • Foreign Language (in same language) Credits: 3
  • Foreign Language (in same language)  Credits: 3
  • Health and Wellness Credits: 0

As well as:

Sophomore Year

  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Credits: 6
  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 6
  • Experiential Learning Pathway (EL) Credits: 0
  • Liberal Arts Electives Credits: 6

As well as:

Junior Year

  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 3
  • CME 050 - Core Milestone Experience (CME) Credits: 0
  • Upper-level American Literature Credits: 3
  • Upper-level British Literature Credits: 3
  • Upper-level World Literature Credits: 3
  • Liberal Arts Electives Credits: 9
  • Electives Credits: 9

Senior Year

  • Upper-Level Literature electives Credits: 6
  • Electives Credits: 21

As well as: