The Literature concentration offers a curriculum featuring critical study of literature (from ancient to contemporary) in poetry, prose, and drama. Students will become familiar with major figures and forces, but also with non-traditional writers outside the established canon. Courses in literary theory will give students a sense of the wide variety of approaches that can be applied to the interpretation of texts. In all courses, students practice a number of different types of analytical and critical writing.

Effective Fall 2018

For graduation, an English major must attain a minimum grade point average of 2.000 in all Composition (CO) and English (E) courses and a minimum grade point average of 2.000 in all upper-division Composition (CO) and English (E) courses.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
E 240Introduction to Poetry 3
E 270Introduction to American Literature (GT-AH2)3B3
Arts and Humanities13B6
Biological and Physical Sciences3A7
Mathematics1B3
Electives 5
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
E 276Survey of British Literature I (GT-AH2)3B3
E 277Survey of British Literature II (GT-AH2)3B3
E 310Researching and Writing Literary Criticism 3
E XXX 3
PHIL XXX 3
Additional History Elective – Select one course from the following: 3
3D 
HIST XXX
  
Black Cinema and Media  
History of Political Thought  
Theatre History I  
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
Electives 3
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
E 341Literary Criticism and Theory4A,4B3
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)2 
Select one from the following: 3
Shakespeare I  
Shakespeare II  
Second field2 6
Upper-Division English/Composition Electives (See Course Lists below) 3
Electives 12
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
Select one course from the following: 3
Chaucer4C 
Topics in Literature and Language4C 
Individual Author4C 
Second field2 6
Upper-Division English/Composition Electives (See Course Lists below) 12
Electives3 9
 Total Credits 30
 Program Total Credits: 120

Upper Division English/Composition Electives (15 credits total)

Select at least one course from each Category (1-4) below and at least one course from the Additional Upper-Division English/Composition Electives list below. Selected courses may only count toward one Category. 

Category 1 – Historical Approaches: Literature of the British Isles before 1830, or American or European Literature before 1900

Select a minimum of 3 credits from the following:
E 331Early Women Writers3
E 342Shakespeare I3
E 343Shakespeare II3
E 424English Renaissance3
E 425Restoration and 18th Century Literature3
E 426British Romanticism3
E 43018th-Century English Fiction3
E 440American Prose Before 19003
E 443English Renaissance Drama3
E 444Restoration and 18th-Century Drama3
E 451Medieval Literature3
E 460Chaucer3
E 463Milton3
E 475American Poetry Before 19003

Category 2 – Historical Approaches: Literatures of the British Isles after 1830, or American or European Literatures after 1900

Select a minimum of 3 credits from the following:
E 332Modern Women Writers3
E 334Gay and Lesbian Literature3
E 345American Drama3
E 350The Gothic in Literature and Film3
E 420Beat Generation Writing3
E 421Asian-American Literature3
E 422/ETST 422African-American Literature3
E 423Latino/a Literature3
E 427Victorian Age3
E 43119th-Century English Fiction3
E 43220th-Century British Fiction3
E 433Literatures of the American West3
E 438/ETST 438Native American Literature3
E 441American Prose Since 19003
E 445Modern British and European Drama3
E 455European Literature after 19003
E 478Modern Poetry3
E 479Recent Poetry of the United States3

Category 3 – Breakthroughs: Ideological, Racial, Cultural, Gendered 

Select a minimum of 3 credits from the following:
E 330Gender in World Literature3
E 331Early Women Writers3
E 332Modern Women Writers3
E 333Critical Studies of Popular Texts3
E 334Gay and Lesbian Literature3
E 338Ethnic Literature in the United States3
E 339Literature of the Earth3
E 421Asian-American Literature3
E 422/ETST 422African-American Literature3
E 423Latino/a Literature3
E 428Postcolonial Literature3
E 438/ETST 438Native American Literature3
E 456Topics in Critical Theory3

Category 4 – Genre Approaches

Select a minimum of 3 credits from the following:
E 334Gay and Lesbian Literature3
E 337Western Mythology3
E 342Shakespeare I3
E 343Shakespeare II3
E 345American Drama3
E 350The Gothic in Literature and Film3
E 403Writing the Environment3
E 43018th-Century English Fiction3
E 43119th-Century English Fiction3
E 43220th-Century British Fiction3
E 443English Renaissance Drama3
E 444Restoration and 18th-Century Drama3
E 445Modern British and European Drama3
E 460Chaucer3
E 463Milton3
E 475American Poetry Before 19003
E 478Modern Poetry3
E 479Recent Poetry of the United States3

Additional Upper-Division English/Composition Electives

Select a minimum of 3 credits from the following:
Any course not taken previously from Categories 1-4 above3
CO 302Writing in Digital Environments (GT-CO3)3
CO 401Writing and Style3
E 300/AMST 300American Lives-Methods in American Studies3
E 302Reading and the Web3
E 305Principles of Writing and Rhetoric3
E 311AIntermediate Creative Writing: Fiction3
E 311BIntermediate Creative Writing: Poetry3
E 311CIntermediate Creative Writing: Nonfiction3
E 320Introduction to the Study of Language3
E 322English Language for Teachers I3
E 323English Language for Teachers II3
E 324Teaching English as a Second Language3
E 326Development of the English Language3
E 327Syntax and Semantics3
E 328Phonology, Morphology, and Lexis3
E 329Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis3
E 370American Literature in Cultural Contexts3
E 401Teaching Reading3
E 402Teaching Composition3
E 405Adolescents' Literature3
E 406Topics in Literacy3
E 412ACreative Writing Workshop: Fiction3
E 412BCreative Writing Workshop: Poetry3
E 412CCreative Writing Workshop: Nonfiction3
E 465Topics in Literature and Language3
E 470Individual Author3
E 501Theories of Composition3
E 502The Politics of Literacy3
E 503Investigating Classroom Literacies3
E 505AMajor Authors: English3
E 505BMajor Authors: American3
E 505CMajor Authors: World3
E 506ALiterature Survey: English3
E 506BLiterature Survey: American3
E 506CLiterature Survey: Comparative3
E 507Special Topics in Linguistics3
E 513AForm and Technique in Modern Literature: Fiction3
E 513BForm and Technique in Modern Literature: Poetry3
E 513CForm and Technique in Modern Literature: Essay3

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
An English major must attain a minimum grade point average of 2.000 in all Composition (CO) and English (E) courses and a minimum grade point average of 2.000 in all upper-division Composition (CO) and English (E) courses.

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
E 270Introduction to American Literature (GT-AH2)  3B3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Mathematics X1B3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
E 240Introduction to Poetry X 3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
Electives   5
AUCC 1B (MATH) and CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
E 276Survey of British Literature I (GT-AH2) X3B3
E 310Researching and Writing Literary Criticism   3
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
E 277Survey of British Literature II (GT-AH2)X 3B3
E XXX   3
PHIL XXX   3
Additional History Elective – Select one course from the following:   3
Historical Perspectives (Any AUCC 3D course not counting elsewhere in the program)
  3D 
HIST XXX
    
Black Cinema and Media    
History of Political Thought    
Theatre History I    
AUCC 3A (Biological and Physical Sciences), AUCC 3B (Arts and Humanities), AUCC 3C (Social and Behavioral Sciences), E 240, E 270, E 276 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
E 341Literary Criticism and Theory X4A,4B3
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3) X2 
Second Field Course (See footnote on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Elective   6
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Shakespeare I X  
Shakespeare II X  
Second Field Course (See footnote on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Upper-Division English/Composition Course (see Course Lists on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Electives   6
E 341 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Chaucer X4C 
Topics in Literature and Language X4C 
Individual Author X4C 
Second Field Course (See footnote on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Upper-Division Electives   6
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Second Field Course (See footnote on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  3
Upper-Division English/Composition Electives (See Course Lists on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  6
ElectivesX  6
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   120