The literature major is built around several groups of courses. All literature courses include writing, but you may also choose to take a specific English writing course as an elective.
Keep in mind the amount of reading involved in each of your classes and the total amount of reading to which you may be committing yourself.
The department suggests following the general sequence of courses given below for fulfilling course requirements.
- Take English 220 and 230 as soon as possible. These courses will introduce concepts in the study of literature and the practice of theory that instructors in later courses will assume you have had.
- Take 12 credits in the Cultural Contexts category next. This will give you further experience with specific genres and authors in their specific time, place and cultural position. Please note that the British literature courses (326, 336, 346) are each offered only once every three semesters. If you are interested in one of these particular courses, you should take it at your earliest opportunity.
- Choose eight credits of in-depth study from 400-level courses. These courses allow you to spend a longer time studying one author, genre or theoretical approach.
- Finish out your major in the spring of your senior year with the capstone. Integrate and apply all that you have learned while producing an exciting research project.
Keep tabs on your progress through your literature major by printing off and referring to this PDF. Clicking the link will open the PDF in a new window.View the Checklist