Requirements

The English Department offers three Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree programs: English Literature, English Writing, and a Double Major in English Literature and Writing. In addition, two minor programs are offered in English Literature and English Writing.

Bachelor of Arts, Major in English Literature—ENLT (33 hours)

All of the following:

  • ENLT 201 Introduction to Literary Studies 3 hours
  • ENLT 385 Critical Theory 3 hours
  • ENLT 495 Senior Literature Seminar 3 hours

One lower division (below 300-level) ENLT course (3 hours): 

  • ENLT 106W Language and Literature 3.5 hours
  • ENLT 109W Language and Literature 4 hours
  • ENLT 211 Animals in Literature and Society 3 hours
  • ENLT 212 Ecopoetics in the Age of the Anthropocene 3 hours
  • ENLT 213 Environmental Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 216 Literature of Social Justice 3 hours
  • ENLT 217 Contemporary Women’s Fiction 3 hours
  • ENLT 222 Greek Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 223 Classical Mythology 3 hours
  • ENLT 224 Sorcery and Damnation 3 hours
  • ENLT 228 Irish Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 232 Arthurian Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 234 Shakespeare: Page, Stage, and Screen 3 hours
  • ENLT 238 Jane Austen 3 hours
  • ENLT 244 Tolkien and Modern Fantasy 3 hours
  • ENLT 251 African-American Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 253 Native American Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 254 William Carlos Williams, the Poet Doctor: Exploring the Intersections Between Poetics and Medicine 3 hours
  • ENLT 255 Women of Genius: American Literature in the Suffragette Era 3 hours
  • ENLT 272 Studies in Multiethnic Graphic Narrative 3 hours
  • ENLT 276 Film Criticism 3 hours
  • ENLT 277 Women in Film 3 hours
  • ENLT 278 From Fiction to Film 3 hours
  • ENLT 279 Jane Austen and Film 3 hours
  • ENLT 281 British Literature: Beowulf to 1800 3 hours
  • ENLT 282 British Literature: 1800 to Present 3 hours
  • ENLT 290 Topics in Literature 1-3 hours

Five upper division courses including at least one course at the 400-level. At least one course in each of the following period and cultural areas (a single course may count for both a period requirement and a cultural requirement):

Pre-Modern (pre-1500) at least one course

  • ENLT 311 Medieval Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 312 Chaucer 3 hours
  • ENLT 387 Gender and Sexuality in Literature (approved sections) 3 hours
  • ENLT 390 Special Topics Seminar in Literature (approved sections) 1–3 hours
  • ENLT 490 Topics in Literature (approved sections) 1-3 hours

Early Modern (1500-1770) at least one course

  • ENLT 314 16th/17th-Century British Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 327 18th-Century British Novel: Novel Women 3 hours
  • ENLT 328 18th-Century British Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 387 Gender and Sexuality in Literature (approved sections) 3 hours
  • ENLT 390 Special Topics Seminar in Literature (approved sections) 1–3 hours
  • ENLT 431 Restoration and 18th-Century British Drama: Script to Stage 3 hours
  • ENLT 490 Topics in Literature (approved sections) 1-3 hours

Modern (1770-1914) at least one course

  • ENLT 330 Romantic Movements 3 hours
  • ENLT 332 Romantic Era Feminism 3 hours
  • ENLT 333 Victorian Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 336 19th-Century British Novel: The Victorian Novel 3 hours
  • ENLT 337 The Brontes 3 hours
  • ENLT 346 American Literature to 1865 3 hours
  • ENLT 347 American Literature 1865 to 1945 3 hours
  • ENLT 351 19th-Century American Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 358 Development of the American Novel 3 hours
  • ENLT 387 Gender and Sexuality in Literature (approved sections) 3 hours
  • ENLT 390 Topics in Literature (approved sections) 1–3 hours
  • ENLT 455 Emily Dickinson 3 hours
  • ENLT 490 Topics in Literature (approved sections) 1-3 hours

Modernist-Postmodern -Contemporary (1914–now)

  • ENLT 340 20th-Century British Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 343 20th-Century British Novel 3 hours
  • ENLT 348 American Literature 1945 to Present 3 hours
  • ENLT 352 20th-Century American Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 354 Immigrant Women’s Writing 3 hours
  • ENLT 360 Global Anglophone Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 362 Contemporary Global Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 363 20th-Century and Contemporary African Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 366 Postcolonial Women’s Writing 3 hours
  • ENLT 367 Caribbean Women’s Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 375 Modern Poetry 3 hours
  • ENLT 387 Gender and Sexuality in Literature (approved sections) 3 hours
  • ENLT 390 Topics in Literature (approved sections) 1–3 hours
  • ENLT 451 American Poetry and Poetics 3 hours
  • ENLT 490 Topics in Literature (approved sections) 1–3 hours
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American at least one course

  • ENLT 346 American Literature to 1865 3 hours
  • ENLT 347 American Literature 1865 to 1945 3 hours
  • ENLT 348 American Literature 1945 to Present 3 hours
  • ENLT 351 19th-Century American Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 352 20th-Century American Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 354 Immigrant Women’s Writing 3 hours
  • ENLT 358 Development of the American Novel 3 hours
  • ENLT 375 Modern Poetry 3 hours
  • ENLT 387 Gender and Sexuality in Literature (approved sections) 3 hours
  • ENLT 390 Topics in Literature (approved sections) 1–3 hours
  • ENLT 451 American Poetry and Poetics 3 hours
  • ENLT 455 Emily Dickinson 3 hours
  • ENLT 490 Topics in Literature (approved sections) 1–3 hours

British at least one course

  • ENLT 311 Medieval Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 312 Chaucer 3 hours
  • ENLT 314 16th/17th-Century British Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 327 18th-Century British Novel: Novel Women 3 hours
  • ENLT 328 18th-Century British Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 330 Romantic Movements 3 hours
  • ENLT 332 Romantic Era Feminism 3 hours
  • ENLT 333 Victorian Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 336 19th-Century British Novel: The Victorian Novel 3 hours
  • ENLT 337 The Brontes 3 hours
  • ENLT 340 20th-Century British Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 343 20th-Century British Novel 3 hours
  • ENLT 387 Gender and Sexuality in Literature (approved sections) 3 hours
  • ENLT 390 Topics in Literature (approved sections) 1–3 hours
  • ENLT 431 Restoration and 18th-Century British Drama: Script to Stage 3 hours
  • ENLT 490 Topics in Literature (approved sections) 1–3 hours

Global Anglophone at least one course

  • ENLT 360 Global Anglophone Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 362 Contemporary Global Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 363 20th-Century and Contemporary African Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 366 Postcolonial Women’s Writing 3 hours
  • ENLT 367 Caribbean Women’s Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 387 Gender and Sexuality in Literature (approved sections) 3 hours
  • ENLT 390 Topics in Literature (approved sections) 1–3 hours
  • ENLT 490 Topics in Literature (approved sections) 1–3 hours

Courses without period or cultural designation which satisfy the 300-level requirement

  • ENLT 303 History of the Book 3 hours
  • ENLT 304 History of the English Language 3 hours

One Shakespeare course (3 hours):

  • ENLT 315 Shakespeare 3 hours
  • ENLT 316 Shakespeare and the Power of Art 3 hours
  • ENLT 415 Shakespeare and the World 3 hours

One course in literature by historically underrepresented groups:
(NOTE: May not use the same course to fulfill both this requirement and the Global
Anglophone requirement)

  • ENLT 251 African-American Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 253 Native American Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 272 Multiethnic Graphic Narrative 3 hours
  • ENLT 290 Topics in Literature 1–3 hours
  • ENLT 354 Immigrant Women’s Writing 3 hours
  • ENLT 360 Global Anglophone Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 362 Contemporary Global Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 363 20th-Century and Contemporary African Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 366 Postcolonial Women’s Writing 3 hours
  • ENLT 367 Caribbean Women’s Literature 3 hours
  • ENLT 387 Gender and Sexuality in Literature (approved sections) 3 hours
  • ENLT 390 Topics in Literature (approved sections) 1–3 hours
  • ENLT 490 Topics in Literature (approved sections) 1–3 hours

One additional ENLT or ENWR course (3 hours)