English Literature Major (B.A.)

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The English literature major has been developed for those students looking for a more focused study of literature, especially those who plan to go on to graduate school in English or other fields in the humanities. Its requirements have been designed to engage students in a sustained study of literature that explores the formal, historical, cultural, and theoretical dimensions of written texts.

These requirements are designed to strengthen students' knowledge of literary history and cultural contexts, forms of literary expression, and the interpretive questions that shape critical inquiry. Students in this program will develop a deep understanding and appreciation of literatures in English, including both British and American literatures, as well as literary traditions organized around other principles, such as postcolonial or African-American. The English literature major also encourages students to develop a higher proficiency in critical writing, in formulating and addressing complex problems, and in synthesizing research.

For the English literature major, students must complete a minimum of 40 credits of major coursework with a grade of C- or better, with the exception of ENGL 419 Introduction to Literary Analysis, which must be completed with a grade of C or better. ENGL 401 First-Year Writing, ENGL 403 Exploring Literature, ENGL 415s, "Literature and..." courses, and ENGL 444 classes may not be used to satisfy major requirements.

A minimum of six courses must be completed at the 600 level or higher. 

Coursework must meet the following distribution requirements (a single course may satisfy multiple requirements):
Introduction to Literary Analysis 1
Select two 500-level literature courses (select from list below)
Select two pre-1800 literature courses (select from list below)
Select two post-1800 literature courses (select from list below)
Critical Approaches to Literature
Select one American literature course at the 600/700 level
Select one British literature course at the 600/700 level
Select two courses that investigate and question representations of identity; genre, including film; and/or theoretical positions (select from list below)
Select one course that addresses race, the construction of race, and racial theories (select from list below)
Capstone:
English Major Seminar
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This must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.” ENGL 419 Introduction to Literary Analysis is the only 400-level class that may count towards the English Literature major. ENGL 403 Exploring Literature will NOT count towards this major.

500-Level Literature Courses

Select one survey course of the following:4
British Literature I Age of Heroes: Beowulf to Dr. Faustus
British Literature II Age of Revolutions: Shakespeare to Austen
British Literature III: Monsters and Machines
American Literature I Conquest Nation: First Contact to the Civil War
American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved
Select one of the following:4
British Literature I Age of Heroes: Beowulf to Dr. Faustus
British Literature II Age of Revolutions: Shakespeare to Austen
British Literature III: Monsters and Machines
American Literature I Conquest Nation: First Contact to the Civil War
American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved
Introduction to African American Literature and Culture
Nature Writers
Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to Drama
Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English
Introduction to Women in Literature
Total Credits8

Pre-1800 Literature Courses

Either two advanced courses (600-level and above) or one advanced course and either ENGL 512 British Literature I Age of Heroes: Beowulf to Dr. Faustus or ENGL 513 British Literature II Age of Revolutions: Shakespeare to Austen.  Choose from:

ENGL 657Shakespeare4
ENGL 741Literature of Early America4
ENGL 751Medieval Epic and Romance4
ENGL #753Old English4
ENGL 756Chaucer4
ENGL 758Shakespeare4
ENGL 759Milton4
ENGL #767Literature of the Restoration and Early 18th Century4
ENGL 768Literature of the Later 18th Century4
ENGL 780Drama of Shakespeare's Contemporaries4
ENGL 781English Drama, 1660-18004
ENGL 783English Novel of the 18th Century4

Other courses may count. Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill this requirement 

Post-1800 Literature Courses

Either two advanced courses, or one advanced course and one of the following: ENGL 514 British Literature III: Monsters and Machines, ENGL 515 American Literature I Conquest Nation: First Contact to the Civil War or ENGL 516 American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved.

ENGL 609Ethnicity in America: The African American Experience in the 20th Century4
ENGL 650Studies in American Literature and Culture 14
ENGL 681Introduction to African Literatures in English4
ENGL 690Introduction to African American Literature in America4
ENGL 739American Indian Literature4
ENGL 742American Literature, 1815-18654
ENGL #743American Literature, 1865-19154
ENGL 744American Literature, 1915-19454
ENGL 745Contemporary American Literature4
ENGL 746Studies in American Drama4
ENGL 747Studies in American Poetry4
ENGL #748Studies in American Fiction4
ENGL #749Major American Authors4
ENGL #769English Romantic Period4
ENGL 771English Victorian Period4
ENGL #772English Victorian Period4
ENGL 773British Literature of the 20th Century4
ENGL 774British Literature of the 20th Century4
ENGL 777Postcolonial Novel4
ENGL #782Modern Drama4
ENGL 784English Novel of the 19th Century4
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If topic is appropriate. (Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill this requirement.)

Courses That Investigate and Question Representations of Identity; Genre, including Film1; and/or Theoretical Positions

ENGL 517Introduction to African American Literature and Culture4
ENGL 550Introduction to the Literature and Culture of Race4
ENGL 581Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English4
ENGL 585Introduction to Women in Literature4
ENGL 681Introduction to African Literatures in English4
ENGL #685Women's Literary Traditions4
ENGL 690Introduction to African American Literature in America4
ENGL 738Topics in Asian American Studies4
ENGL 739American Indian Literature4
ENGL #740Indigenous New England4
ENGL 775Irish Literature4
ENGL 777Postcolonial Novel4
ENGL 616AStudies in Film/Genre4
ENGL 616BStudies in Film/Authorship4
ENGL 616CStudies in Film/Culture and Ideology4
ENGL 616DStudies in Film/Narrative and Style4
ENGL 618Film Theory4
ENGL 733Special Studies in Film4

Other courses may count. Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill this requirement 

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With the exception of ENGL 533 Introduction to Film Studies

Courses that Address Race, the Construction of Race, and Racial Theories

Choose from:

ENGL 517Introduction to African American Literature and Culture4
ENGL 550Introduction to the Literature and Culture of Race4
ENGL 609Ethnicity in America: The African American Experience in the 20th Century4
ENGL 690Introduction to African American Literature in America4
ENGL 739American Indian Literature4
ENGL #740Indigenous New England4
ENGL 693Special Topics in Literature (subtopic R)4
ENGL 797Special Studies in Literature (subtopic R)4

Other courses may count. Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill this requirement 

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.

Majors may only count one online course toward their English major requirements.

Students interested in majoring in English Literature should consult Carla Cannizzaro, Coordinator of the Department of English, 113 Hamilton Smith Hall, (603) 862-1313 or the director of the English Literature program.