Department of English

Literary and Cultural Studies Track

Students can choose from two other tracks: Professional Writing and Teacher Licensure.

Literary studies cultivate intellectual curiosity and a broad and intensive knowledge of literature, critical theories, and the varied nature of contemporary writers and their works.

A student in this option studies classic works and those out of the mainstream, as well as literary theories that cut through a cross-section of viewpoints. In this way, students develop their critical thinking, reading, writing, and communication skills.

Undergraduate majors take a range of courses that are geared to connect them globally -- across the centuries and across cultures. The option also helps the student put these literary works in perspective, taking their place in history and in society.

By stressing critical thinking, the study of language itself, and cutting-edge technology and research skills, the literary studies option also encourages students to develop the kind of mental flexibility that will serve them well in a wide range of careers.

Students hone their analytical skills through:

  • reading primary and secondary texts in a close, critical way,
  • learning primary research and technological skills,
  • writing in a disciplined way by outlining, drafting, revising, and reflecting on their own - and others'- work
  • and creating original, sustained, thoughtful, and persuasive arguments.

Building this foundation of knowledge and acquiring these analytic and creative skills prepare students for a broad array of careers, including teaching, law, business, editing, writing, public relations, and reporting, among many others. See our Alumni Update page for a look at what our graduates are doing.

As well as paving the way to a successful future, students who focus on literary studies also gain an awareness of themselves as members of the community and can participate in all manner of social, cultural, and political debates.

42 hours, as follows:

  • Three courses in Methods and Theory (ENG 205, 286, and 418)
  • Two courses in Genre Studies (ENG 361, 362, 363, 364, or 365)
  • Two courses in Literary Periods (ENG 330, 331, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 349, 350, 351, 352, 357, 358, 369, 370, 371, or 372)
  • Two courses focusing on Diversity (ENG 340, 341, 342, 344, 356, 357, 358, 359, 370, 371, 373, 377, or 385)
  • Four Electives (ENG 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 340, 341, 342, 344, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 356, 357, 358, 359, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 376, 377, 378, 379, 380, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 390, 391, 392, 395, 396, 397, 398, 490 or a second 495)
  • One Senior Seminar (ENG 495)

More of what to expect from this course of study on our Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) page. (opens as a PDF)

See printable Worksheet with requirements for students whose catalog year is Fall 2021 or after (opens as pdf).