English Literature

The English Literature program of study is designed to cultivate a broad knowledge of the evolution of cultural and literary expression in English as well as an ability to critically engage with texts of all media. In pursuit of these goals, it is recommended that you take ENGL101 through ENGL301, a progression that will afford you a working knowledge of the general evolution of literature in English from its Medieval origins to the present. The core program will also familiarize you with the tools and terminology that English Literature scholars have devised in order to facilitate the study and discussion of literature, from Marxist literary theory to poetry scansion techniques.

You should also take four 400-level electives. These specialized electives have been arranged according to period, such that if you find the literature of the Renaissance particularly engaging, you can focus your studies by taking an additional course on that period. Most of the 400-level courses explore a particular genre (poetry, fiction, rhetoric, and drama), so as to enable you to maximize your exposure to the discursive practices of a specific genre, if you are so inclined.

To complete the knowledge equivalent  for this major, you should complete the core program (6 courses) as well as 4 electives of your choice (4 courses) for a total of 10 courses.

If you would like to complete the equivalent of a Minor in this area of study, please click here.

Foundational English/Writing

ENGL000: Pre-College English
ENGL001: English Composition I
ENGL002: English Composition II

Core Program

ENGL101: Introduction to Literary Studies
ENGL201: ­Medieval English Literature and Culture
ENGL202: Cultural and Literary Expression in the English Renaissance
ENGL203: Cultural and Literary Expression in the 18th and 19th Centuries
ENGL204: Cultural and Literary Expression in Modernity
ENGL301: Introduction to Literary Theory

Elective Courses

ENGL401: Shakespeare
ENGL402: The Poetry of John Milton
ENGL403: The Gothic Novel
ENGL404: English Romantic Poetry
ENGL405: The American Renaissance
ENGL406: James Joyce
ENGL407: Medieval Women Writers
ENGL408: Modern Poetry and Poetics 
ENGL409: Dante
ENGL410: The Victorian Novel
ENGL411: African-American Literature
ENGL412: Restoration & Eighteenth-century Drama