Literature Option

The Literature Option is designed for students wishing to specialize in the study of literature, which helps people solve problems, think clearly, support ideas with evidence, and understand the ways texts both circulate in and constitute cultures and communities. It provides students with a strong foundation to build on through on-the-job career training and advancement or additional specialized education. A 21-credit Literature Minor offers a flexible way for students to take courses on subjects ranging from traditional offerings in American and British national literatures as well as upper division courses in specific authors, topics, and genres along with Literary Criticism, African American Literature, and Women and Literature.

Freshman YearCredits
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3  
LIT 201 - Intro to Literary Studies (or 200 level LIT Elective)3  
LIT 285D - Mythologies (or any CORE D Elective)3  
LIT 202CS - The Environmental Imagination  3
LIT 110IH - Introduction to Literature  3
Year Total: 15 15
Sophomore YearCredits
Literature Elective3  
4 University Course Electives12  
National Literature Elective  3
Literature Elective  3
3 University Course Elective  9
Year Total: 15 15
Junior YearCredits
LIT 300 - Literary Criticism3  
3 University Course Electives9  
Writing Elective3  
2 Literature Electives  6
2 University Course Electives  6
National Literature Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
Senior YearCredits
Literature Elective3  
3 University Course Electives9  
National Literature Elective3  
LIT 494RH - Seminar: Research Issues  3
Literature Elective  3
3 University Course Electives  9
Year Total: 15 15
Total Program Credits: 120

Lower Division Literature Electives 

LIT 110IHIntroduction to Literature3
LIT 169IHLiterature as Popular Culture3
LIT 202CSThe Environmental Imagination3
LIT 203IHGreat Books3
LIT 214DRegional Literature3
LIT 240The Bible as Literature3
LIT 285DMythologies3

Upper Division Literature Electives

LIT 308Multicultural Literature3
LIT 335Women and Literature3
LIT 382Literature for Children and Adolescents3
LIT 431RHStudies in Major Author/s3
LIT 437Studies in Literary Genres3
LIT 438Studies in Literary Topics3
LIT 440Studies in World Literature3
LIT 473RHStudies in Shakespeare3
LIT 490RUndergraduate Research1-6
LIT 492Independent Study1-3

National Literature Electives

LIT 310American Literature to 19003
LIT 311American Literature after 19003
LIT 320Advanced British Literature I (Formerly LIT 324)3
LIT 321Advanced British Literature II (Formerly LIT 325)3
LIT 322Advanced British Literature III (Formerly LIT 326)3

Writing Electives  

CRWR 240RAIntroduction to Creative Writing3
CRWR 310Intermediate Fiction Workshop3
CRWR 311Intermediate Poetry Workshop3
CRWR 312Intermediate Nonfiction Workshop3
CRWR 410Advanced Fiction Workshop3
CRWR 411Advanced Poetry Workshop3
CRWR 412Advanced Nonfiction Workshop3
CRWR 437Topics in Craft and Genre3
ENGL 450Rhetoric and Composition3
LING 210IHIntroduction to Language and Linguistics3
LING 238Structure and Function of Language3
WRIT 201College Writing II3
WRIT 221Intermediate Tech Writing3
WRIT 300Rhetorical Theory in Writing Studies3
WRIT 310Researched Writing3
WRIT 326Advanced Writing3
WRIT 371Digital Rhetorics and Multimodal Writing3
WRIT 372Science Writing for Popular Non-Fiction3
WRIT 373News and Pub Relations Writing3
WRIT 374Magazine Editing3
WRIT 376Public Rhetorics and Writing3
WRIT 429Professional Writing3
Total English Credits Required: 42 (30 of which must be upper division)
Upper-Division Credits Required: 42
Core 2.0 Requirements: 27-30
Total Credits Required for Graduation:120
WRIT 101W credits count for the Core 2.0 W Requirement. These credits cannot be counted as part of the English Major-Writing Option.
English majors may earn a non-teaching minor in another option within the department. A minimum of four courses (12 credits) must be unique and not used to fulfill major requirements.
English majors may earn a second major in another option within the department. A minimum of 11 courses (33 credits) must be unique and not used to fulfill the primary major requirements.

WRIT 101W credits count for the Core 2.0 W Requirement. These credits cannot be counted as part of the English Major-Literature Option.