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​

Completion of ENG 220 and ENG 221 required.

Studies in British Literature

Studies in American Literature

Two courses chosen from:

Major Electives

  • Five English electives, three of which must be at the 300 level.

Diverse Traditions Requirement

English majors must take at least one course in English designated as "Diverse Traditions."  Diverse Traditions courses focus on historically under-represented groups.  Qualifying concentration requirements or major electives are designated as "Diverse Traditions" or "DT" courses in the quarterly schedule. 

Research Intensive Requirement

English majors who declared their majors after January 1, 2012, 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.  

ENG 328

SHAKESPEARE

Study of selected plays and poetry of William Shakespeare in relation to early modern English culture.

ENG 310

ENGLISH LITERATURE TO 1500

Survey of English literature from the beginnings to 1500.

ENG 320

ENGLISH RENAISSANCE LITERATURE

Survey of English literature from 1500 to 1660.

ENG 330

RESTORATION AND 18TH CENTURY LITERATURE

Survey of English literature from 1660 to 1780.

ENG 340

NINETEENTH CENTURY ENGLISH LITERATURE

Survey of English literature from 1780 to 1900.

ENG 350

MODERN BRITISH LITERATURE

Survey of English and Irish literature in the twentieth century.

ENG 360

AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1830

Survey of American literature from the beginnings to 1830.

ENG 361

AMERICAN LITERATURE 1830 TO 1865

Survey of American literature from 1830 to 1865.

ENG 362

AMERICAN LITERATURE FROM 1865 TO 1920

Survey of American literature from 1865 to 1920.

ENG 363

AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE 1920

This survey focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first century American literary works, authors, and movements. Coverage will explore several genres, and expose students to the diversity of some major American literary movements and authors since high modernism.

ENG 220

READING POETRY

A comprehensive introduction to English and American poetry, poetic forms and meters, and the vocabulary of poetic study.
Prerequisites:
WRD 103 or HON 100 is a prerequisite for this course.

ENG 221

READING PROSE

An introduction to close analytical reading of the fundamental prose genres that students will encounter in the English major, for example short stories, novels, folktales, literary nonfiction, and criticism. Students will study examples drawn from the history of prose as well as contemporary narrative.
Prerequisites:
WRD 103 or HON 100 is a prerequisite for this course.
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