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Emphasis in Literature

Minor in English

English 122 Literary Analysis is a prerequisite for most of the literature courses. Most majors take it in lieu of ENGL 121 (that is, as a Liberal Studies requirement), which you may do, too. If you do take ENGL 122 instead of ENGL 121, you will need fifteen additional English course credits. If you have already taken ENGL 121 and want to concentrate on literature, you will be taking ENGL 122 as part of the fifteen-credit requirement (that is, ENGL 122 plus twelve more English credits).

English majors are also required to take all four survey courses—ENGL 210, 211, 212, and 213—before advancing on to other literature courses. Since being in an upper-level course without that background would put you at a disadvantage, you also need to take at least one survey course for a minor with an emphasis in literature. Choose your survey wisely so that it can function as a foundation for your other literature courses.

If you are interested in American Literature, for example, your minor curriculum might look like this:

  • ENGL 122 Literary Analysis
  • ENGL 212 American Literature to 1900
  • ENGL 317 American Literature 1880-1940
  • ENGL 348 African-American Literature
  • ENGL 436 Major American Authors

Another option is to relate the minor to your major; if your majoring in Spanish, for example, your minor curriculum might look like this:

  • ENGL 122 Literary Analysis
  • ENGL 213 British and American Literature since 1900
  • ENGL 344 Ethnic American Literature
  • ENGL 394 19th Century European Novel in Translation
  • ENGL 396 Literature of Emerging Nations

Or you might be interested in other ways of concentrating; for example, an emphasis on women’s literature might look like this (and also require only six more credits in Women’s Studies to become a minor in that as well):

  • ENGL 122 Literary Analysis
  • ENGL 213 British and American Literature since 1900
  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Literature by Women
  • ENGL 336 Language, Gender and Society
  • ENGL 385 Advanced Women’s Literature

An emphasis in global literature might look like this:

  • ENGL 122 Literary Analysis
  • ENGL 213 British and American Literature since 1900
  • ENGL 396 Global Literature
  • ENGL 397 Global Authors
  • ENGL 398 Global Genres

And an emphasis in mythology might look like this:

  • ENGL 122 Literary Analysis
  • ENGL 210 British Literature to 1600
  • ENGL 337 Myth
  • ENGL 338 Oral Literature
  • ENGL 354 Classical Literature in Translation

And here’s a final example of a minor with an emphasis in literature, one that concentrates on critical theory:

  • ENGL 122 Literary Analysis
  • ENGL 208 The Art of the Film
  • ENGL 213 British and American Literature since 1900
  • ENGL 356 Film Theory
  • ENGL 401 Advanced Theory and Criticism

Keep in mind that these are only examples and suggestions; you are free to take a more “pick and choose” route to your minor in English—as long as you keep in mind that many upper-level courses do have prerequisites to consider. 

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