Concentration in Literary Studies

Students who concentrate in Literary Studies will read the works of writers as well as contemporary literature and philosophy that have stood the test of time. Simultaneously, students will learn to interpret what they have read by studying new developments in critical theory. Broadly integrative in design, a concentration in literary studies emphasizes the shaping authority of cultural texts. It prepares students for careers in teaching (including in higher education or journalism), communications and writing, public service, and other jobs that require analytical ability.

Required courses:

ENG 345 Shakespeare's Histories and Comedies


ENG 346 Shakespeare's Tragedies and Romances

All of the below:

ENG 311 Structure of the English Language

ENG 380 Literary and Cultural Interpretation

ENG 400 Assessment Portfolio (1 credit)

Students must also select eight additional literature courses in English. 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
•    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.