Major in English Literature (B.A.)

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Our English literature curriculum offers students the opportunity to grasp the principles of literary theory and criticism, increase their written and oral skills and investigate the major genres and periods of American, British and world literature. To earn the bachelor’s degree, students take a minimum of 13 courses (39 credits).

Foundation courses:

  • ENG190: Introduction to Literature
  • ENG247: Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism
  • ENG325: Studies in Shakespeare
  • ENG489: Critical Writing and Research
  • ENG490: Senior Seminar

Two courses in American literature, chosen from:

  • ENG215: Elements of Modernism in Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • ENG313: The American Literary Renaissance
  • ENG314: Realism and Naturalism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • ENG315: The Harlem Renaissance
  • ENG330: Literary Landscape of Newport

Two courses in British literature, chosen from:

  • ENG228: The Romantic Revolution
  • ENG229: Victorian Literature
  • ENG230: British Modernism and the End of Empire
  • ENG321: British Literature from Beowulf to Everyman
  • ENG322: Literature of the English Renaissance from Wyatt to Marvel
  • ENG324: Literature of Oxford
  • ENG326: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • ENG329: The Inklings: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Their Circle

One course in world or regional literature, chosen from:

  • ENG345: Studies in World Literature
  • ENG346: Post-Colonial Literature
  • ENG349: Literature From the Middle East

Three additional courses in literature or writing, chosen from:

  • ENG201: Literary Masterpieces
  • ENG205: Contemporary Global Literature
  • ENG210: Myth and Symbol
  • ENG212: Contemporary Drama
  • ENG241: Film and Literature
  • ENG250: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG281: Advanced Composition
  • ENG310: Fairy Tales and Fantastic Literature
  • ENG311: Speculative Literature
  • ENG320: The Art of Nonfiction
  • ENG327: Young Adult Literature
  • ENG336: The Catholic Imagination in Modern Literature
  • ENG337: Modern Irish Writers
  • ENG350: Special Topics in Creative Writing
  • ENG398: Special Topics in Literature
  • ENG410: British and American Novels after 9/11
  • ENG412: Seminar in Major Authors
  • ENG491: Internship