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. Courses at the 100 level do not count toward the major.

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.