The study of literature trains students in reflective reading, theoretically based inquiry, critical analysis, and effective verbal and written expression. Students are taught to analyze literary works as representations of literary genres and in historical and cultural contexts as well as to examine literary influence and explore literature through the lens of critical theory. Majors are expected to complete English 302 and English 303 during their first quarter in the major.
Select 10 credits of English literature, language, writing or film studies (Elective credits may be taken from any English literature, language, or film studies course at the 300 level or above. No more than 5 credits of film studies may be counted as elective credits in the English language and literature major. One 200-level course (up to 5 credits) may be counted as an elective.)