College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

English Literary Studies Major

The Literary Studies major option provides students with a strong background in writing and linguistics while engaging with literature across time periods, geographies, and literary movements. For specific information about requirements, including General Education, consult the Degree Curriculum Sheet linked at right for your curriculum year. For questions, please see an English Literary Studies advisor.

Major Core Courses

  • ENG 1000: English and Modern Languages First Year Experience
  • ENG 2200: Introduction to English Linguistics
  • ENG 2300: American Literature to 1865 —or— ENG 2320: American Literature Since 1865
  • ENG 2330: Introduction to Multicultural Literature in the U.S.
  • ENG 2510: British Literature I —or— ENG 2520: British Literature II
  • ENG 2710: World Literature I —or— ENG 2720: World Literature II
  • a 2000-level Foreign Language course
  • ENG 3000: Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENG 3150: Advanced Expository Writing
  • ENG 3151: Writing for the Professions
    ENG 3210: The Grammar of Modern English
  • a Polytechnic Experience (choose 1):
    • any subject-relevant course with an S-classification (service course)
    • ENG 3120: Professional Editing
    • ENG 4230: Teaching English Abroad
    • ENG 4400A: Writing for the Web Activity
    • ENG 4401A: Journal Publishing Activity
    • ENG 4402: Undergraduate Research
    • ENG 4410: Internship Cooperative Education
    • ENG 4411: English Education Teaching Practicum
    • ENG 4895: Careers for English Majors 

Literary Studies Required Courses

  • ENG: 4610: Senior Symposium

Literary Studies Electives

Ways of Thinking: choose 1

  • ENG 3010: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies
  • ENG 3011: Literature, Power, and Politics
  • ENG 3012: Digital Research Methods

Genre: choose 2

  • ENG 4311: American Poetic Traditions
  • ENG 4502: British Renaissance
  • ENG 4503: Shakespeare before 1600 —or— ENG 4504: Shakespeare after 1600 —or— ENG 4505: Shakespeare Through Performance
  • ENG 4513: British Drama to 1890
  • ENG 4521: The Modern British Novel
  • ENG 4800: The Modern Drama
  • ENG 4882: Myth as Literature
  • ENG 4883: The Epic

Decentered Canons: choose 2

  • ENG 4330: Multicultural Literature in the U.S.
  • ENG 4331: Hemispheric American Literature
  • ENG 4332: African American Literature
  • ENG 4333: Native American Literature
  • ENG 4334: Asian American Literature
  • ENG 4730: Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
  • ENG 4731: The Literature of Exile
  • ENG 4740: Chinese Civilization and Culture
  • ENG 4881: Intersectionality and Literature
  • SPN 4380: Literature of the Spanish Empire —or— SPN 4350: Hispanic Modernisms —or— SPN 4320: Mexican and Chicano Literature (Note: SPN courses are taught in Spanish)

Focused Inquiry: choose 2

  • ENG 4300: Early American Literature
  • ENG 4310: 19th C. American Literature
  • ENG 4500: Chaucer
  • ENG 4501: Literature of the English Civil War
  • ENG 4510: The Enlightenment
  • ENG 4511: British Romanticism
  • ENG 4512: British Victorian Age
  • ENG 4720: The Novel in the Modern World
  • ENG 4721: Viewing Words; Reading Pictures
  • ENG 4811: 20th/21st C. American Literature
  • ENG 4880: Modernism and Postmodernism

Linguistics: choose 1

  • ENG 3211: Structure of Language
  • ENG 3212: Language Acquisition
  • ENG 4210: The History of the English Language
  • ENG 4211: Fundamentals of Syntax
  • ENG 4220: Language in Society
  • ENG 4221: Analysis of Conversation
  • ENG 4222: Applied Pragmatics

Unrestricted Electives

  • 4-7 unrestricted elective courses (see Degree Curriculum Sheet)