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Literatures, Language and Criticism (39 Credits)

Beginning Fall 2013

The Literatures, Language and Criticism concentration is designed to provide students with exposure to a range of literary texts and traditions, as well as to a specific area of study in which to focus. The first two areas of study reflect particular national literatures, but the remaining five are designed with broader approaches to literary study in mind. With prior approval, a student may also work with an advisor to design her own area of study.

This Concentration Consists of Four Parts:

A. Five Required Courses (15 credits)

The following five courses are required for all students in this concentration:

1. ENGL 252 Introduction to Literary Studies – to be taken within one semester of declaring the major

2. ENGL 338 Survey of British Literature I: Early Texts to the 18th Century

3. ENGL 395 Survey of American Literature: Origins to the Civil War

4. ENGL 306 Literary Theory

5. ENGL 320 Multi-Ethnic American Literature or ENGL 325 Postcolonial Literature in English

B. Three Area of Study Courses (9 credits)

Students in this concentration must take three additional courses in one of the areas below. Particularly motivated students may also obtain prior approval from an advisor to design an area of their own choosing (e.g. literature by genre or by historical period, literary theory, cultural studies).

There are seven areas of study to choose from:


Area of Study
Course Number and Notes
1 British and/or Irish Literatures Courses include: 319*, 322*, 334, 335, 336, 339, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 358*, 359*, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 368, 369, 371, 372, 373, 374, 376, 378, 380, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386*, 387, 388, 389*, 390*, 391, 490*
2 American Literatures, including African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American Courses include: 318*, 319*, 321, 322*, 323, 324, 326, 329*, 358*, 375, 377, 379, 385*, 386*, 389*, 390*, 392, 396, 397, 398, 399, 490*
3 Transnational and/or Postcolonial Studies Courses include: 317*, 319*, 322*, 325*, 327, 329*, 358*, 385*, 386*, 387*, 388*, 389*, 390*, 391*, 394*, 490*
4 Gender and Sexuality Studies Courses include: 318*, 319, 321*, 322, 323*, 324*, 326*, 327*, 329*, 333*, 342*, 355*, 358*, 359*, 363*, 371*, 382*, 383*, 384*, 385*, 386*, 387*, 388*, 389*, 390*, 391*, 392*, 398*, 399*, 490*
5 Race, Ethnicity, and/or Class Studies Courses include: 317*, 318*, 321, 323*, 324, 325*,  326*, 327, 329*, 333*, 342*, 347, 355*, 358*, 359*, 371*, 382*, 383*, 384*, 385*, 386*, 387*, 388*, 389*, 390*, 391*, 392*, 398*, 399*, 490*
6 Linguistics, Language, and/or Rhetoric Courses include: 331, 332, 333*, 340, 341, 342, 346, 347, 348, 358*, 490*
7 Transatlantic Studies Courses include: 317*, 319*, 322*, 329*, 358*, 386*, 390*, 394*, 490*

*Topics Course: Not all courses under these numbers satisfy this Area of Study requirement. Students should consult individual course descriptions each semester on the department web site to determine which requirements are satisfied by the topics courses.

C. One 300- or 400-level English course with a focus on literature or rhetoric before 1800 (3 credits)

Students may use a period appropriate Area of Study course or Honors Seminar to satisfy this requirement. Students may not use ENGL 338 or 395 to satisfy this requirement.

Students may choose from among the following English courses: 317*, 318*, 319*, 321*, 322*, 323*, 324*, 326*, 327*, 329*, 332, 333*, 334, 335, 336, 337, 340, 342*, 347*, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 358*, 359, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 368, 371, 372, 382, 383,384, 386*, 387*, 388*, 389*, 391*, 392*, 394*, 398*, 399*, 490*, 494*

Note: Topics courses marked with an * must conform to the pre-1800 period requirement. Consult individual course descriptions or an English advisor for guidance.

D. Electives (12-15 credits)

The remaining courses in the major are electives, chosen by the student. Students may choose from among 300- or 400-level English courses, including, if the student is eligible, one of the Honors Seminars (ENGL 494).  Unless a student uses an Area of Study course to fulfill the requirement, one of these courses must be a 300- or 400-level English course with a focus on literature or rhetoric before 1800 (see the options above).

All English majors also have the option to take one of their elective courses in another department. In order to do this, students must meet all of that department’s prerequisites for the course. Students with double majors may apply the course to one of those majors, but not both. For example, someone majoring in English and History who takes HIST 342.51 Britain Since 1689 may count that course toward either the English or History major, not both. Students may choose from the List of Eligible Courses and DepartmentsIf you wish to take a 300-level course in another department that is not on the list, you must get prior written approval from an English advisor and, in some cases, from the department offering the course.

Please use the Literatures, Language and Criticism checklist to help plan and monitor your progress in the major.

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