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English B.A. Concentration in Literature
A Bachelor of Arts in English is an enriching pursuit that can lead to an exciting career in teaching, law, publishing, information science, business, and beyond. The B.A. in English typically includes introductory course work in the study of language, the principles of critical investigation and critical writing, and the various methods of literary and/or language study. Students in all concentrations complete core requirements, which include six units of lower-division coursework in literature in English, a Junior Seminar (ENG 480), a course in Shakespeare, and two to three courses surveying the history of Literature in English. Beyond these core courses, students pursue programs of study further exploring literature, language studies, or English education. The requirements for each of these concentrations familiarize students with one of the principal areas of English studies, and show how other areas of English studies can illuminate his or her area of concentration.
The English major and minor, concentration in Literature, offers students a historically grounded study of British, American, and `post-colonial` Anglophone literatures. Our core curriculum includes a series of three upper-division survey courses (Literature in English I, II, III) intended to provide students with a knowledge foundation of literary movements, figures, and forms within a transatlantic context. Literature majors also take one course in linguistics, an upper-division Shakespeare course, at least one course in literary theory or criticism, and at least one course in Anglophone literature produced outside of Britain or America.
The Literature program offers a wide range of courses centered on specific authors (Austen, Chaucer, Woolf), historical periods (Age of Victorians, American Literature 1914-1960), genres (Detective Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction, Lyric Forms), and other special topics (18th-c. British Women Writers, Devils and Angels), allowing students to pursue their individual interests and pleasures in fulfilling their elective units. No matter what the subject, all courses within the major foster students` close reading, writing, and analytical skills. Literature majors can expect to hone their aptitude for writing, research, oral communication, and analytical thinking. This practical skill set prepares our majors for many career opportunities, including teaching, writing and publishing, law, information science, business and marketing, and more.
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