The mission of the B.A. in Literature in the Department of English is to provide a solid background in British, American, and other Anglophone literary texts, traditions, and cultures, as well as their continued relevance in a humanistic and liberal arts-based education. Cultivated by a community of teachers, scholars, and writers, undergraduate students engage with an ensemble of critical issues and develop individual interpretive theories and scholarly approaches. Upon graduation, students will be equipped to continue advanced study in English Literature, or other related disciplines, or to pursue a variety of career options in education, media, and communications.
The literature program in the Department of English has a dual purpose. It provides the humanistic discipline and training necessary for those who wish to obtain an education based on wide reading and literary study, and at the same time it provides a structure of courses useful to those who intend to pursue study in English literature. The literature program, while exposing students to the major authors, works, and movements of English and American literature through extensive class discussion and the writing of critical essays in each course, seeks also to teach students to become perceptive, critical and analytical readers.
Program Learning Outcomes
Knowledge of Discipline Specific Content
1. Identify the historical, social and formal contexts of texts.
2. Demonstrate awareness of the history of the discipline (e.g., canon formation).
3. Analyze the aesthetic frameworks and cultural values that shape the production and reception of texts.
4. Apply theoretical approaches to texts.
5. Apply appropriate methods of literary analysis and research.
6. Produce critical arguments in a variety of genres.
The new requirements for literature majors beginning Fall 2014-15 are as follows: ENGL 205, ENGL 207, ENGL 209 (formerly
201), ENGL 212, ENGL 221, ENGL 229, ENGL 238, one comparative literature course chosen from
ENGL 240-243 and four additional courses chosen from among those numbered ENGL 210 to
ENGL 291 and 294 In their senior year, they must take ENGL 292.
New recommended sequence for Literature majors: Literature majors are recommended to take
ENGL 229 in their first year of study as well as ENGL 205, 207 and 209 (formerly 201) while they
are taking ENGL 203. Once they have completed ENGL 203, they may take ENGL 221, preferably
in the second year. They are recommended to take ENGL 238 immediately following ENGL 204.
ENGL 292 must be taken in the senior year
Sample Course Syllabus