Literary Studies Concentration, English (BA)

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The Literary Studies concentration broadens and deepens students’ knowledge of literature and language through a range of courses focused on historical periods, literary movements, the structure of language, and critical approaches to literature. Students learn to read works of literature in their historical and cultural contexts; they develop their powers of textual analysis and their critical vocabulary; they examine and question the values expressed in literature; they practice research methods; and they work towards a written style that is clear, precise, and persuasive.

Course Requirements​

English Core:  20 hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
ENG/HON 101INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE4
ENG 205LITERATURE TO 17004
ENG 206LITERATURE FROM 1700 TO 19004
ENG 207LITERATURE FROM 1900 TO THE PRESENT4
Select one course focused on Race, Ethnicity, and Sexuality (RES).4

Advanced Literature Courses: 24 hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
ENG 328STUDIES IN SHAKESPEARE4
Select one 300-level course in literature written before 1800 from the folllowing:4
ENGLISH LITERATURE TO 1500
CHAUCER
TOPICS IN MEDIEVAL LITERATURE
ENGLISH RENAISSANCE LITERATURE
MILTON
STUDIES IN SHAKESPEARE
TOPICS IN RENAISSANCE LITERATURE
RESTORATION AND 18TH-CENTURY LITERATURE
MAJOR AUTHORS BEFORE 1800
TOPICS IN EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE
TOPICS IN RESTORATION AND 18TH CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1830
Select one 300-level course in literature written before 1900 from the folllowing:4
ENGLISH LITERATURE TO 1500
CHAUCER
TOPICS IN MEDIEVAL LITERATURE
ENGLISH RENAISSANCE LITERATURE
MILTON
STUDIES IN SHAKESPEARE
TOPICS IN RENAISSANCE LITERATURE
RESTORATION AND 18TH-CENTURY LITERATURE
MAJOR AUTHORS BEFORE 1800
TOPICS IN EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE
TOPICS IN RESTORATION AND 18TH CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
19TH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
MAJOR AUTHORS 1800-1900
LITERATURE OF THE ROMANTIC ERA
VICTORIAN LITERATURE
TOPICS IN 19TH-CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE
19TH-CENTURY IRISH LITERATURE
TOPICS IN 19TH-CENTURY LITERATURE
TOPICS IN 19TH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1830
19TH-CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE
AMERICAN LITERATURE FROM 1865 TO 1920
Select three 300-level literature electives from the following:12
ENGLISH LITERATURE TO 1500
CHAUCER
TOPICS IN MEDIEVAL LITERATURE
ENGLISH RENAISSANCE LITERATURE
MILTON
STUDIES IN SHAKESPEARE
TOPICS IN RENAISSANCE LITERATURE
RESTORATION AND 18TH-CENTURY LITERATURE
MAJOR AUTHORS BEFORE 1800
TOPICS IN EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE
TOPICS IN RESTORATION AND 18TH CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
19TH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
MAJOR AUTHORS 1800-1900
LITERATURE OF THE ROMANTIC ERA
VICTORIAN LITERATURE
TOPICS IN 19TH-CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE
19TH-CENTURY IRISH LITERATURE
TOPICS IN 19TH-CENTURY LITERATURE
TOPICS IN 19TH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
MODERN BRITISH LITERATURE
POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE
GLOBAL ENGLISH LITERATURE
TOPICS IN GLOBAL ASIAN LITERATURE
THE IRISH REVIVAL
MODERN IRISH LITERATURE
TOPICS IN IRISH STUDIES
TOPICS IN 20TH-CENTURY LITERATURE
TOPICS IN MODERN BRITISH LITERATURE
AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1830
19TH-CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE
AMERICAN LITERATURE FROM 1865 TO 1920
AMERICAN LITERATURE AFTER 1900
TOPICS IN GENRE STUDIES
TOPICS IN 20TH-CENTURY FICTION
STUDIES IN POETRY
TOPICS IN AMERICAN STUDIES
STUDIES IN LITERATURE ACROSS CULTURES
TOPICS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE
TOPICS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
MULTIETHNIC LITERATURE OF THE U.S.
NATIVE LITERATURE
STUDIES IN SHORT FICTION
TOPICS IN LITERATURE
MASTERPIECES OF WORLD LITERATURE
LITERARY THEORY
MAJOR AUTHORS
WOMEN AND LITERATURE
TOPICS IN LATINX LITERATURE
TOPICS IN LGBTQ LITERATURE
POPULAR LITERATURE
TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE
TOPICS IN TRANSATLANTIC LITERATURE
TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
NEWBERRY LIBRARY SEMINAR
LITERARY AND CULTURAL HERITAGE

Major Electives:  12 Hours

  • Three English electives of any level.

Research Intensive Requirement

English majors must take at least one course in English designated as "Research Intensive." These courses integrate research instruction and assignments with the subject matter of the course. Qualifying concentration requirements or major electives are designated as "Research Intensive" or "RI" in the quarterly schedule.​