English Literature Major (B.A.)

https://cola.unh.edu/english/program/ba/english-literature

The English literature major serves those students who want to focus particularly on the study of literature — its many forms and styles, its rich history and the range of approaches to its analysis. The English literature track is an especially attractive major for those who plan to go on to graduate school. 

As an English literature major, a student will learn about various literary traditions, both British and American literature as well as traditions organized around other principles, such as post-colonial literature, women's literature, African-American literature and genres like poetry and drama. Courses are designed to expose students to many different sorts of works and to help them develop questions and strategies of critical thinking that will make all kinds of literary expression meaningful. And the works students will study will provide many ways of looking at the world and enrich their quality of life. What's more, students have many opportunities to hone critical writing and research skills and to practice the art of presenting research findings to a group, all skills in high demand in today's workplace. The English literature major is an excellent way to combine development of interpretive and writing skills with an exciting, in-depth encounter with some of the very best writing ever produced in the English language. 

As an English literature major, you must complete a minimum of 40 credits of major coursework with a grade of C- or better, with the exception of ENGL 419 How to Read Anything, which you must complete with a grade of C or better. You may not use ENGL 401 First-Year Writing, ENGL 415s, "Literature and..." courses, or ENGL 444 classes 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):
How to Read Anything 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 Skills
Select one American literature course at the 600/700 level
Select one British literature course at the 600/700 level
Select one course that addresses race, the construction of race, and racial theories in a U.S. context (select from list below)
Select one course that investigates Anglophone literature in a global or transnational context (select from list below)
Select one course in a specific genre including, poetry, memoir, nonfiction, drama, fiction, and film with the exception of ENGL 533 (select from list below)
Capstone:
English Major Seminar
500-level Courses
Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
Professional and Technical Writing
Persuasive Writing
Introduction to the Digital Humanities
Major Writers in English
British Literature I Age of Heroes: Beowulf to Dr. Faustus
British Literature II Age of Revolutions: Shakespeare to Austen
British Literature III: Revolts, Renewals, Migrations
American Literature I Conquest and Nation: First Contact to the Civil War
American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved
Black Creative Expression
Bible as Literature
Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
Nature Writers
Introduction to Fiction Writing
Introduction to Poetry Writing
Introduction to Film Studies
21st Century Journalism: How the News Works
In the Groove: African American Music as Literature
Introduction to the Literature and Culture of Race
Science Fiction
Crime and Espionage
Introduction to Latinx Literature and Culture
Sex and Sensibility: The Rise of Chick Lit
Reading the Postcolonial Experience
Introduction to Women in Literature
Introduction to Women in Literature
Literary Topics
Pre-1800 Literature Courses
British Literature I Age of Heroes: Beowulf to Dr. Faustus
British Literature II Age of Revolutions: Shakespeare to Austen
Literary Topics (if topic is appropriate)
Shakespeare
Special Topics in Literature (if topic is appropriate)
Early American Literature: Colonialism, Revolution, Nation
Medieval Romance
Old English
Chaucer
Advanced Shakespeare
Advanced Shakespeare
Milton
Literature of the Restoration and Early 18th Century
Literature of the Later 18th Century
Drama of Shakespeare's Contemporaries: Will and Company
English Novel of the Eighteenth Century
English Major Seminar (if topic is appropriate)
English Major Seminar (if topic is appropriate)
Post-1800 Literature Courses
British Literature III: Revolts, Renewals, Migrations
American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved
Literary Topics (if topic is appropriate)
Ethnicity in America: The African American Experience in the 20th Century
Literature and the Environment
I Hear America Singing: Studying American Literature and Culture
Contemporary African Literature
African American Literature
Special Topics in Literature (if topic is appropriate)
Asian American Studies
American Indian Literature
American Literature, 1865-1915: The Birth of the American Empire
Contemporary American Literature
Major American Authors
Studies in American Poetry
Victorian Love Poetry
Literary Modernisms: Return, Revolt, Recycle
Modern & Contemporary British Literature: New Departures
Modern Irish Literature: A Changing Landscape
The English Novel in the World
Modern and Contemporary Drama
English Novel of the 19th Century
English Major Seminar (if topic is appropriate)
English Major Seminar (if topic is appropriate)
Special Studies in Literature (Race & Racial Theories) (if topic is appropriate)
Race, the Construction of Race, and Racial Theory Courses
On Race in Culture and Society
On Race and Culture in Society
Black Creative Expression
In the Groove: African American Music as Literature
Introduction to the Literature and Culture of Race
Introduction to Latinx Literature and Culture
Introduction to Women in Literature
Ethnicity in America: The African American Experience in the 20th Century
I Hear America Singing: Studying American Literature and Culture
African American Literature
Special Topics in Literature (subtopic R)
Special Topics in Literature
Asian American Studies
American Indian Literature
American Literature, 1865-1915: The Birth of the American Empire
Major American Authors
Advanced Shakespeare
Modern & Contemporary British Literature: New Departures
Race and Gender in Film and Popular Culture
English Major Seminar
Special Studies in Literature (Race & Racial Theories)
Courses that Investigate Anglophone Literature in Global or Transnational Contexts
Reading the Postcolonial Experience
Contemporary African Literature
Literary Modernisms: Return, Revolt, Recycle
Modern Irish Literature: A Changing Landscape
The English Novel in the World
Courses in a specific genre including poetry, memoir, nonfiction, drama, fiction, and film 1
Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
Science Fiction
Sex and Sensibility: The Rise of Chick Lit
Introduction to Women in Literature
Studies in Film/Genre
Studies in Film/Authorship
Studies in Film/Culture and Ideology
Studies in Film/Narrative and Style
Film Theory
Special Topics in Literature (if topic is appropriate)
Studies in American Poetry
Race and Gender in Film and Popular Culture
Special Studies in Literature (Race & Racial Theories)

Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill these requirements.

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.

English literature majors may use one major-required course to satisfy one Discovery category requirement.

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

Students interested in majoring in English literature should consult Carla Cannizzaro, academic/career counselor, Department of English, 230F Hamilton Smith Hall, (603) 862-1313 or the director of the English literature program.

English Department Student Learning Outcomes: Undergraduate program Undergraduate students in the English Department at the University of New Hampshire have many options as they advance to degree. They can choose to complete a general English major or opt to follow one of several specialized tracks: English Literature, Journalism, English Teaching, and Linguistics. I. All undergraduate English majors acquire the same core skills. These include:

  • Proficiency in analytical writing, critical thinking, and public-speaking.
  • Knowledge of important literary genres and subgenres
  • Fluency in literary terminology,
  • A broad understanding of British-and-American literature, from the medieval period in England and the moment of first contact in America to the present day.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in writing an analytical essay that offers a sophisticated close-reading or explication of a literary text. This essay will have a clear thesis and proceed in a logical fashion, with interpretive claims supported by evidence from the text.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in literary research and in writing an extended thesis-driven research paper in which sources are correctly and responsibly cited.

Demonstrated understanding of how to read across the color line in the US and /or how to analyze literary works written in English from outside the UK and the US--from India, Africa, and the Caribbean, for example. II. Students in our major tracks acquire the following specialized skills.