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English Literature Curriculum

People who can communicate ideas easily and effectively will always be the mainstay of our society. The use of words and mastery of language are fundamental to the study of English. Coursework focuses on authors, genres, and literary periods in both English and American literature.

English literature majors often go on to careers in teaching, writing, law or business, but the analytical and communication skills acquired in their study are of use in almost any profession or activity.

In addition to the required number of credits needed to complete the major, all students must also fulfill the general degree requirements in order to graduate.

Required Courses
Either
ENG 1075: Introduction to Literature
OR
ENG 1100: Foundations of Literature: King Arthur
OR
ENG 1101: Foundations of Literature: The Hero
OR
ENG 1102: Foundations of Literature: The American Short Story
OR
ENG-LAL 1104: Foundations of Literature: Ancient, Classical and Biblical

Either
ENG 2010: The Craft of Writing Fiction
OR
ENG 2015: The Craft of Writing Poetry
OR
ENG 2025: The Craft of Creative Non-Fiction
OR
ENG 2180: Expository Writing

ENG 2020: Major English Authors I: Medieval and Renaissance 3.0
ENG 2021: Major English Authors II: Neoclassical and Romantic 3.0
ENG 2022: Major English Authors III: Victorian and Modern 3.0

Any two
ENG 2042: American Literature: Beginnings to the Civil War
OR
ENG 2043: American Literature: Civil War to 1945
OR
ENG 2044: American Literature: 1945 to Present

Either
ENG 2250: Shakespeare
OR
ENG 2260: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

ENG 4590: Senior Seminar: The Literary Canon (W course)

Electives In English at the 3000 level

Major related electives selected from:
Art History (ART)
English (ENG)
Foreign Languages
History (HIS)
Humanities (HUM)
Language and Literature (LAL)
Music History (MUS)
Philosophy and Religion (PHR)

ENG 1050, and ENG 1051 are excluded from the elective courses.


In addition to the required number of credits needed to complete the major, all students must also fulfill the general degree requirements in order to graduate.