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Literature and Culture Concentration

Students who concentrate in Literature and Culture will not only explore a world of creative expression but will also gain skills in close reading, critical writing, and theoretical approaches to narrative. Through “Literature” we'll examine the stories we tell ourselves about being human—your stories, our stories, stories you know and stories you never heard of, stories of people you’ll love and stories of people you thought you hated; stories that may confuse you, disturb you, or inspire you. Through “Culture” we'll explore written words, spoken words, songs, graphics, film, theater, television, games, events, histories, media and new hybrid forms that are only just being invented. Whether we’re considering texts from around the world or just next door, with Literature and Culture you can expand your horizons while training in the skills of critical thinking and writing that are so crucial today. 

Because of overlap in chronology and/or “theme,” a few courses (*) appear in two categories below. Students may use only one of these particular courses in a category of their choosing toward satisfying the Concentration requirement. Example: three credits for ENGL 311 (Topics in Shakespeare), appearing in categories I and V, may be earned for only one of these two categories.

Category I. Time and Space I: Pre-1800

Choose one of the following (3 credit hours):

  • ENGL 303 – British Literature I
  • ENGL 305 – American Literature I
  • ENGL 307 – The Age of Chaucer
  • ENGL 308 – Seventeenth-Century British Literature
  • ENGL 311 – Topics in Shakespeare*
  • ENGL 314 – Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • ENGL 317 – The Romantic Age*
  • ENGL 332 – Perspectives on American Literature and Culture*
  • ENGL 334 – Perspectives on British Literature and Culture*
  • ENGL 341 – African-American Literature, 1750-present*
  • ENGL 499 – Studies in American Literature*

Category II. Time and Space II: 1800-Present

Choose two of the following (6 credit hours):

  • ENGL 304 – British Literature II
  • ENGL 306 – American Literature II
  • ENGL 317 – The Romantic Age*
  • ENGL 318 – The Victorian Age
  • ENGL 323 – Modern British and Irish Literature
  • ENGL 328 – Modern American Writers*
  • ENGL 332 – Perspectives on American Literature and Culture*
  • ENGL 334 – Perspectives on British Literature and Culture*
  • ENGL 341 – African-American Literature, 1750-present*
  • ENGL 382 – Contemporary Fiction
  • ENGL 386 – Topics in Contemporary Poetry
  • ENGL 475 – Contemporary Asian Fiction*

Category III. New Media/Visual Studies

Choose one of the following (3 credit hours):

  • ENGL 331 – Perspectives on Visual and New Media Studies
  • ENGL 379 – Topics in Film Studies
  • ENGL 431 – New Media and Literature

Category IV. Anglophone Literatures and Literatures in Translation

Choose one of the following (3 credit hours):

  • ENGL 335 – Perspectives on World and Anglophone Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 371 – Topics in World Literature: East/West Intersections
  • ENGL 372 – Special Topics in Russian Literature
  • ENGL 375 – Special Topics in World and Anglophone Literature
  • ENGL 425 – World Dramatic Literature
  • ENGL 475 – Contemporary Asian Fiction*
  • ENGL 488 – Studies in World Literature

Category V. Single Authors/Genres/Curated Topics

Choose one of the following (3 credit hours):

  • ENGL 311 – Topics in Shakespeare*
  • ENGL 315 – The British Novel
  • ENGL 328 – Modern American Writers*
  • ENGL 329 – Autobiographies, Journals, and Memoirs
  • ENGL 330 – Realism and Naturalism
  • ENGL 337 – Perspectives on Genre
  • ENGL 338 – Perspectives on a Single Author
  • ENGL 409 – Theories of Gender and Sexuality
  • ENGL 427 – Studies in Southern Literature
  • ENGL 443 – Topics in Women Writers
  • ENGL 484 – Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 485 – Adolescent Literature
  • ENGL 487 – Literary Studies in Health, Illness, and Aging
  • ENGL 495 – Internship for English Majors
  • ENGL 497 – Special Topics: Literature, Language, Location
  • ENGL 499 – Studies in American Literature*

Note:  In addition to the 18 concentration hours above, all students, regardless of concentration, must take the Major Requirements. No course can be counted for both the major foundation and major concentration requirements.