The Literature Studies concentration is designed for students
interested in a rich and stimulating study of literature.
You might consider a Literature Concentration if you are interested in reading and
writing about great literary works, planning on teaching in a secondary school,
intending to combine the study of literature with other disciplines, or
pursuing a graduate degree in English.
Courses will address such questions as the following:
- How does literature enrich our understanding of culture and society?
- How do media studies, popular culture, and other disciplines intersect with literary studies?
- How do concepts such as race, gender, class, power, ideology, and the body inform texts?
- What do philosophy and literary theory offer us in the study of literary works?
The requirements for the Literature Studies concentration include:
Students take all of the following:
One EN course at the 200 or 300 level
One EN/W course
One EN course cross-listed with an Interdisciplinary Program (e.g., Program on the Environment,
Peace and Justice Studies, Black Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Women's Studies)
Students take one of the following:
EN 351 Literary Theory
EN 352 Cultural Studies
Students write a faculty-guided research project either in a 300-level course or an independent study that produces a 20-page paper.
Please consult the University Catalog for a fuller description of the concentration or come to an English Department information session.
Talk to Dr. Sally O'Driscoll, the department's director of literature