Literary Arts and Studies Major: Literary Studies Option (B.A.)

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Students in the Literary Studies option advance their power to analyze keenly and write incisively by studying leading-edge and foundational literary works in print, graphic and digital forms. Gaining a mastery of aesthetics and genre, literary theory and cultural history, our students learn to see how language shapes the world on every scale. Literary Studies students take an array of literature classes as well as core courses in digital language arts and professional and technical communication, making them just the sort of versatile, critically aware graduates prized in workplaces today.

For the Literary Arts and Studies: Literary Studies Option at UNH Manchester, students must complete a minimum of 128 credits and satisfy the University's Discovery Program and foreign language requirements, and complete a minimum of 40 credits in major coursework. The major requirements consist of a minimum of 10 courses. These 10 courses (40 credits) must include the Diversity requirement and the capstone requirement. Students in the major must earn C or higher to pass ENGL 419 Introduction to Literary Analysis, ENGL 502 Professional and Technical Writing, and ENGL 595 Literary Topics. One literary theory/poetics course is required. Two pre-1800 literature courses are required.


Core Courses
ENGL 419Introduction to Literary Analysis4
ENGL 502Professional and Technical Writing4
ENGL 595Literary Topics (Digital Creative Writing)4
Select three courses of the following:12
British Literature III: Monsters and Machines
American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved
ENGL elective 1
ENGL 787English Major Seminar 24
ENGL 797Special Studies in Literature 34
Select two courses of the following:8
English Grammar
ENGL elective 4
Total Credits40

500 or 600-level ENGL courses in literature, literary theory, or narrative


Capstone course


Variable topic seminar colloquium


500, 600, or 700-level ENGL courses in literature, literary theory, or narrative

For more information, contact program coordinator Susanne Paterson at or contact the Office of Admissions, (603) 641-4150.