Department of English

Katie Peel

(Photo above) Associate Professor Katie Peel celebrates the principles of scientific thinking during Darwin Day in Morton Hall's Bryan Auditorium, February 2019. Faculty of the College of Arts & Science took part in lightning talks, evolutionary trivia and even a science costume contest. Photo by Chris Ingram/UNCW

Literary Studies Track

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

Literary studies cultivates an 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:

  • ENG 205: Introduction to Literary Studies
  • A course in Shakespeare (ENG 332 or 333)
  • A course in literature before 1900 (ENG 211, 223, 335, 336, 350, 430, 431, 432)
  • A course in literature after 1900 (ENG 212, 224, 337, 338, 351, 352, 372, 374, 375)
  • Two courses (6 hours) in diverse literary cultures (ENG 209, 210, 225, 226, 227, 230, 231, 232, 233, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 370, 371, 373, 385)
  • ENG 202 or 204
  • A writing course (ENG 302, 303, 304, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318)
  • A course in the English language (ENG 320, 321, 322, 323, 324 or 325)
  • A course in literary criticism (ENG 386 or 387)
  • Three additional ENG elective courses
  • A 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)

Click here for the current worksheet. (opens as doc Word document)

Click here for the worksheet for catalog year before fall 2010