Concentration in Literary Studies

Course Requirements

Either of the following two:

  • ENG 290 Shakespeare's Tragedies and Romances
  • ENG 345 Shakespeare's Histories and Comedies

All of the below:

  • ENG 311 Structure of the English Language
  • ENG 380 Literary and Cultural Interpretation
  • ENG 400 Assessment Portfolio (.5 credit)

A student must select at least eight additional literature courses. Of these courses, at least three must be taken at the 300 level and one must be in each of the following areas: British literature, American literature, European literature, literature written before 1700, and literature written after 1900. A student may choose ENG 220 Creative Writing as one of the eight courses, provided that the above criteria are met. No 100-level English courses count towards completion of the concentration.

All students at Wilson are required to complete Assessment in their Major.



How did your English major prepare you for life after Wilson?


I came to Wilson as an Equine Facilitated Therapeutics major and decided, at the end of my freshman year, to add a major in English with a concentration in Literary Studies. Double-majoring in two fields with almost nothing in common and juggling an increasing number of extra-curricular activities was a challenge, but I wanted to take advantage of all the opportunities offered me during my time at Wilson. While peer-teaching the first year seminar class, working as a writing tutor, editing The Billboard, and compiling The Bottom Shelf Review, I discovered that remaining in an atmosphere where I could continue to learn and share my knowledge with others was important to me, so I applied to graduate school for English. Without Wilson’s leadership opportunities and engaging academic programs, I doubt I would have come to that decision.

–Jess Domanico, BA ‘11


The courses I took in the English and Communications Department of Wilson College prepared me for my career in teaching in several ways. My English classes familiarized me with classical works of Western literature. They also gave me an idea of the time periods and cultures that produced these works, which helps me to explain the cultural context of these and other pieces to my students. Writing assignments taught me to think and write clearly, two skills that are indispensable to a teacher. Class discussions not only delved deep into themes and characterization, which I will be teaching to my own students, but gave me a chance to practice thinking on my feet and presenting ideas in a comprehensible and concise fashion. 

-Ashley Barner, BA ‘08

Contact Information

Dr. Michael G. Cornelius
Department Chair
717-264-4141  ext. 3308