English Literary Studies

Do you enjoy myths and mysteries? Have you always loved reading and writing? Do you get inspired by discussing books, films, and television shows with your friends? An English Literary Studies major at 澳门六合彩 means developing the intellectual and critical thinking skills to analyze what you read and see defend your positions in papers, publications and discussions. At 澳门六合彩, our student-centered program will teach you the strong writing, research and presentation skills you need to transform your passion into a career.

Course Offerings

Students painting. Whether you're interested in magic, nature, romance, or drama, the English Literary Studies Program at 澳门六合彩 has a course for you.  Our courses celebrate British and American literature, while offering opportunities to explore authors and works from other traditions, including world literatures in translation and literatures that focus on cultures, genres, periods and themes representative of both non-western and western perspectives.

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As an 澳门六合彩 English major, learning happens both in and outside the classroom. Our student magazine, Voices, gives you the chance to submit your work and get published. Whether its poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or just snippets of daily life, we want to hear from you.                   


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We take your research seriously. Whether you鈥檙e analyzing the role of women in Harry Potter or exploring Marxism in Mean Girls, you will have the opportunity to make connections among pop culture, literature, and the world around you, and present your findings at national conferences. 


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Whether it鈥檚 a Victorian high tea in English gardens or a career night to get you excited for your future, there鈥檚 always something going on in the English department. 

 


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Internships in fields like marketing, communications, and publishing, help English majors apply their passions to a career path. Getting real-world experience before graduation will set you up for success.  


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Wondering what you can do with an English Literary Studies major? The possibilities are endless! See where our alumni are working and get inspired. 


Degree Requirements

This interdisciplinary major invites students to read, discuss, analyze and write about texts from Beowulf to #BLM.   Whether we are analyzing Shakespeare鈥檚 plays, Lord of the Rings, or deconstructing commercials according to symbolic content, etc., we read deeply and closely.  Our program is exceptionally interdisciplinary 鈥 including choices from theatre, the arts, creative writing, communication, history, and professional writing.  Majors may choose to focus their elective courses on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to the following:

  • African American/Africa Diaspora Studies
  • American Literature & Culture
  • British Literature & Culture
  • Children鈥檚 Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural Studies
  • Drama/Theater
  • Feminisms, Genders, & Sexualities
  • Film & Media Studies
  • Folklore/Fairy Tale
  • Genre studies (e.g., from epic to romance, and from film noir to the sitcom)
  • Historical contextualization
  • Mythology
  • Popular Culture
  • Postcolonial Studies
Introduction to Literary Form (3 credits)

Choose one from the list.  Note: Secondary Education/English Literary Studies double majors must choose CW 110 Form in Poetry

British Literature (6 credits)

Choose any two courses listed below (e.g., two different topics from ENG 280 or two different topics from ENG 350, or one topic from each). Courses, but not topics may be repeated for credit.  Note:  Secondary Education/English Literary Study double majors must choose one of each:  ENG 280 and ENG 350.

American Literature (6 credits)

Take both courses listed below.

Global Literatures (3 credits)

Elect one course from the list (any level) to satisfy this requirement.

Literary Methods - Theory Analysis (3 credits)
ENG 220 is required for the English Literary Studies major.
Electives (12 credit hours)

In addition to the other requirements for the English Literary Studies major, choose four 3-credit courses from the list to total 12 credit hours.  Variable topics courses may be repeated to count for electives if the topic varies.  Variable topics courses, but not topics, may be repeated for credit.

Note: Secondary Education/English Literary Studies double majors must choose the following courses:

  • ENG 210: Myth, Fantasy and Imagination
  • ENG 280: British Literature (choose a different variable topic than your other ENG 280 British Lit course)
  • EDU 412: Adolescent Multicultural Literature
  • You may choose your 4th elective from the elective list.  Courses, but not topics, may be repeated for credit.  For example, you may choose a third ENG 280 to satisfy this open elective as long as the topic is different.   Or you may choose an additional ENG 350 Shakespeare course as long as the topic is different.
Capstone Thesis I & II

Take ENG 480 in the Spring semester of your Junior year.  Take ENG 481 sequentially, in the Fall semester of your Senior year.

Experiential Learning Requirement (3 credits, may be double-dipped)

The experiential learning requirement may be met either by taking one of the courses on the list for three credits, or by participating in one of the experiences on the list via permission, sign-off and documentation with your English Literary Studies advisor and/or Department Chair.  Note:  It is possible to 鈥渄ouble-dip鈥 this requirement.  For example, Secondary Education/English Literary Studies double majors taking EDU 450 Student Teaching will simultaneously satisfy this requirement for both majors.  Likewise, an English Literary Studies major who takes three credits of an experiential Open Elective simultaneously satisfies both an Elective requirement and the Experiential requirement.  For example, if a student takes CW 450 as an Open Elective, they will satisfy both the elective requirement and the experiential requirement.

The minor in English Literary Studies offers the opportunity to study literature, develop critical thinking, writing, and research skills alongside the enjoyment of literature.  The minor is structured to allow students to choose courses of greatest interest and/or to create an area of specialization.  For example, if you have a strong interest in myth, you could choose more than one course in that area. 

Whether we are analyzing Shakespeare鈥檚 plays, Lord of the Rings, or deconstructing commercials according to symbolic content, etc., we read deeply and closely.  Our program is exceptionally interdisciplinary 鈥 including choices from theatre, the arts, creative writing, communication, history, and professional writing.  Students may choose to focus their elective courses on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to the following:

  • African American/Africa Diaspora Studies
  • American Literature & Culture
  • British Literature & Culture
  • Children鈥檚 Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural Studies
  • Drama/Theater
  • Feminisms, Genders, & Sexualities
  • Film & Media Studies
  • Folklore/Fairy Tale
  • Genre studies (e.g., from epic to romance, and from film noir to the sitcom)
  • Historical contextualization
  • Mythology
  • Popular Culture
  • Postcolonial Studies
Requirements

Choose six (6) courses for 18 credit hours.  At least three (3) courses from the list must contain the ENG prefix. 

Note: Elementary Education majors taking the English Literary Studies minor and pursuing the middle school extension or endorsement to their teaching licenses should choose six (6) courses with ENG prefix to meet requirements in most states

Note:  Variable topics courses may be repeated if the topic varies in the repeated course.  The course, but not the topic, may be repeated for credit. For example, a student may repeat ENG 280 and/or ENG 350 to satisfy elective requirements, if the topic varies. 

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicate ideas about literature and culture through effective analytical and critical writing and/or oral presentation
  2. Develop and apply advanced literary and cultural research skills to analysis of literary and cultural texts
  3. Apply critical theory, historical contextualization and/or other methodologies to analyze literary and cultural texts
  4. Understand and analyze the impact diverse identities (race, class, gender, religion, etc)  have had  on writers, literary representations and historical interpretations  of literatures,  periods and cultures
  5. Identify and analyze a variety of literary forms across multiple genres
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