English Studies, Literature Concentration

The English program offers students knowledge of the broad field of literature in English, in-depth knowledge of its diverse aspects, the reading, writing, and research tools for exploring the field and its boundaries, and ample opportunity for hands-on experience in related fields. Because the abilities and knowledge gained as an English major have such broad applications, career choices after graduation are almost unlimited. English majors at Fitchburg State University have continued their studies in graduate programs in literature, education, creative writing, library science, and counseling, and several have been accepted to law school programs.

Curriculum

42 Credit Hours: 21 Core And 21 Literature Concentration

Core Course Requirements  
ENGL 2999 - Approaches To English Studies  
Subtotal 3 S.H.
Literature Survey(s)  
One American Survey:  
ENGL 2000 American Literature I: Age of Exploration to the Civil War
or ENGL 2010 American Literature II: Civil War to the Present
 
Subtotal 3 S.H.
One British Survey:  
ENGL 2200 - British Literature I: Beowulf to Milton
or ENGL 2210 - British Literature II: Pepys to Shelley
or ENGL 2220 - British Literature III: Bronte to Rushdie
 
Subtotal 3 S.H.
One Survey or substitute an equivalent period course
in British, American, or World literature as indicated below:
 
ENGL 2000 - American Literature I: Age of Exploration to the Civil War
or ENGL 4200 - Romantic Movement in U.S. Literature
 
ENGL 2100 - American Literature II: Civil War to the Present
or select from:
ENGL 2650 - Ethnic American Literature
ENGL 3010 - American Drama
ENGL 3220 - American Novel to 1950
 
ENGL 2200 - British Literature I: Beowulf to Milton
or select from:
ENGL 3030 - Middle Ages
ENGL 3120 - Golden Age of English Renaissance
ENGL 4010 - Chaucer and His World
 
ENGL 2210 - British Literature II: Pepys to Shelley
or select from:
ENGL 4040 - Major English Writers of the 17th Century
ENGL 4050 - The 18th Century Novel
ENGL 4080 - British Romanticism
 
ENGL 2220 - British Literature III: Bronte to Rushdie
or select from:
ENGL 3040 - British Literature Since World War II
ENGL 4090 - The 19th Century English Novel
ENGL 4100 - Victorian Literature
ENGL 4115 - British Modernism
 
ENGL 2400 - World Literature I
or select from:
ENGL 2500 - World Literature II
ENGL 3000 - World Drama
ENGL 3100 - World Novel
 
Subtotal 3 S.H.
ENGL 4XXX Level Literature  
Subtotal 3 S.H.
Writing Intensive (select one)  
ENGL 3026 - Genres,Forms,Themes in Creative Writing
ENGL 3045 - Media Conscious Storytelling
ENGL 3480 - Writing for the Web*
ENGL 3500 - Creative Writing
ENGL 3510 - Fiction Writing
ENGL 3520 - Poetry Writing
ENGL 3540 - Writing Film Criticism
ENGL 3840 - Online Magazine*
ENGL 3860 - Feature & Magazine Writing
ENGL 3870 - Writing for Business & Technology*
ENGL 3890 - Creative Nonfiction Writing
SPCH 3000 - Speechwriting
*May be used to satisfy LAS Computer Literacy requirement.
 
Subtotal 3 S.H.
ENGL 4999 English Capstone  
Subtotal 3 S.H.
TOTAL FOR CORE: 21 S.H.
Literature Concentration Requirements  
Culture Study (select one)  
ENGL 2300 Literature and Disabilities
ENGL 2340 - American Political Film & Literature
ENGL 2600 - Bible as Literature
ENGL 2620 - Classical Mythology
ENGL 2650 - Ethnic American Literature
ENGL 2660 - 19th Century African American Literature
ENGL 2670 - 20th Century African American Literature
ENGL 2710 - Introduction to Science Fiction & Fantasy
ENGL 2890 - Storytelling and the Oral Tradition
ENGL 3000 - World Drama
ENGL 3061 - Jewish American Literature & Culture
ENGL 3100 - The World Novel
ENGL 3300 - Women and Literature
ENGL 3620 - Classical Tradition in Western Literature
ENGL 3880 - Folklore in America
ENGL 4060 - Early Modern Women Writers
ENGL 4600 - Literary Cult of the Virgin Queen
 
Subtotal 3 S.H.
Genre Study (select one)  
ENGL 2330 Literature & Film
ENGL 2350 - American Political Film & Literature
ENGL 2620 - Classical Mythology
ENGL 2700 - Short Story
ENGL 2710 - Introduction to Science Fiction & Fantasy
ENGL 2720 - Reading Poetry
ENGL 2750 - Detective Fiction
ENGL 2890 - Storytelling and the Oral Tradition
ENGL 2900 - Children’s Literature
ENGL 2910 - Literature for Young Adults
ENGL 2951 - Grammar Dilemma
ENGL 3000 - World Drama
ENGL 3010 - American Drama
ENGL 3020 - Modern Drama
ENGL 3060 - Modern Poetry
ENGL 3090 - Questioning War in Film & Literature
ENGL 3093 - Rebels in American Film & Literature
ENGL 3100 - The World Novel
ENGL 3730 - Comics & Graphic Novel as Literature
ENGL 4050 - Novel in the 18th Century
ENGL 4080 - British Romanticism
ENGL 4090 - 19th Century English Novel
ENGL 4230 - American Novel Since WWII
ENGL 4500 - Literary Theory
 
Subtotal 3 S.H.
Continental/Post-Colonial (select one)  
ENGL 3050 - 20th Century Irish Literature
ENGL 3070 - European Literature I
ENGL 3080 - European Literature II
ENGL 3092 - Transatlantic Literature
ENGL 3700 - African Literature
ENGL 3710 - South Asian Literature
ENGL 3720 - Caribbean Literature
 
Subtotal 3 S.H.
Literary Movement (select one)  
ENGL 3030 - Middle Ages
ENGL 3040 - British Literature Since World War II
ENGL 3120 - Golden Age of English Renaissance Literature
ENGL 3210 - Major American Writers 20th Century
ENGL 3620 - Classical Tradition in Western Literature
ENGL 4040 - Major English Writers of the 17th Century
ENGL 4080 - British Romanticism
ENGL 4100 - Victorian Literature
ENGL 4115 - British Modernism
ENGL 4200 - Romantic Movement in American Literature
 
Subtotal 3 S.H.
ENGL 4000 - Major Author  
Subtotal 3 S.H.
Shakespeare (select one)  
ENGL 4020 - Shakespeare’s Drama: Text and Performance
ENGL 4030 - Interpreting Shakespeare’s Work
 
Subtotal 3 S.H.
ENGL 4400 Junior/Senior Seminar  
Subtotal 3 S.H.
Total for Literature Concentration 21 S.H.
  • BA-Second-year language proficiency is required.
  • A course in speech or performance fulfills the LAS speaking and listening requirement. [LAS Art Elective]
  • ENGL Survey can be taken simultaneously with ENGL 1200, permission from Advisor
  • Students complete a portfolio in the capstone course during senior year.

* This program also provides preparation for English-Initial Licensure in Secondary Education

BS in English Studies

This program is available for students who choose not to fulfill the requirements for foreign language proficiency at the second-year level. All other requirements are the same as for the Bachelor of Arts in English - Literature.

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