Literature

For a bachelor of arts degree in English with a concentration in literature, students must compete 36 hours in British and American literature, critical theory, and literature or writing electives, after first taking ENGL T122, A205, or A210. ENGL A205 is the required freshman composition course for English majors; ENGL A210 is a more advanced version of A205; students entering the major after taking ENGL T122 need not take A205 or A210. ENGL A205 or A210 and ENGL A206 should be completed in the freshman year. Majors take 15 hours of distribution requirements in Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration/18th-century, 19th-century, and American literature before 1900, as well as critical theory, not necessarily sequentially. One literature course listed in the Common Curriculum may be taken for major credit with the permission of the adviser.

2014-2015 English Literature Program (DPCL)
2013-2014 English Literature Degree Program (DPCL)
2012-2013 English Literature Degree Program Course List (DPCL)

Degree requirements

Freshman Fall Spring
Semester Totals 15 15
Total 30
Major ENGL A205 or ENGL A210 — ENGL A206 3 3
Foreign Language 3 3
Common Curriculum 9 9

 

Sophomore Fall Spring
Semester Totals 15 15
Total 30
Major Combination of distribution requirements and electives 6 3
Electives 6 6
Common Curriculum 3 6

 

Junior Fall Spring
Semester Totals 15 15
Total 30
Major Combination of distribution requirements and electives 6 6
Electives 6 3
Common Curriculum 3 6

 

Senior Fall Spring
Semester Totals 15 15
Total 30
Major Combination of distribution requirements and electives 6 6
Electives 3 6
Common Curriculum 6 3

 

Total Course Hours: 120

There is an optional honors thesis for majors with a 3.5 GPA in the major and 3.0 cumulative. The thesis must be registered for in the fall of the senior year, but students get approval from the Thesis Director and the English Honors reader. Students must start research in the summer following their junior year and complete the assignments listed on the English department web page. The thesis is worked on during the summer and the first semester and is completed in the second semester of the senior year (3+3 hours). English majors who are in the University Honors Program are required to write either the English Honors thesis or the University Honors thesis (1 + 2 hours).

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