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English Major with Literature Concentration

The English major with Literature Concentration (40 hours) enables students to build on the common core of foundational courses (ENGL 215, Classical and Early British Literature, and ENGL 225 or 226, a topical seminar that focuses on critical research and writing).  Students will take 4 hours in Pre-1800 British Lit (ENGL 331,336,337, or 338), 4 hours in Post-1800 British Lit (ENGL 355, 361, 364, or 365).  Students will also take 6 hours in American Lit (the 6 hours must include two different time periods and at least one period course from the American Lit offerings: ENGL 341, 342, 343, 381, 382, 383, 391, 392, 393).  Students will take one British or World figure course (ENGL 384, 385, 386, 485,486).  Beyond that students are invited to explore various interests from among a wide range of elective offerings in world literature, theory, genre, figure courses, writing, and special topics from a list of courses numbered 200 or above  (available in the English Department). Students may choose up to 6 hours in writing courses (213, 214, or sections of 444) as electives toward the Literature Concentration. Note: ENGL 326 and 328 do not count toward the major. Students complete their study with an integrative senior seminar, ENGL 494.

 

Requirements

Note:  These are new requirements that will apply to incoming new majors effective Fall 2017.  Please contact us at english@wheaton.edu if you have questions.

Foundational Courses - 8 hours

  ENGL 215   Classical and Early British Literature (4)
  ENGL 225   Topical Seminar (4)
Open only to majors and minors. Prerequisite:  ENGL 215 Seminar
       OR
  ENGL 226  
Topical Seminar (4)
With focus on Shakespeare
Required for Teaching Concentration Students.
Open to other major concentrations as space allows.
 

Historical Framework - 16 hours

 
4 hours in Pre-1800  British literature  (330-340 range)
  ENGL 331              Medieval (4)
  ENGL 336   Renaissance (4)
  ENGL 337   Seventeenth Century (4)
  ENGL 338   Eighteenth Century (4)
 
4 hours in Post-1800 British Literature or World Literature (350-370 range)
  ENGL 355   Romantic (4)
  ENGL 361   Victorian (4)
  ENGL 364   British Modernism: 1900 to 1939 (4)
  ENGL 365   British Literature after 1939 (4)
       
 2-4 hours in a Figure Course - British or World
 ENGL 384       Shakespeare (4)
 ENGL 385       Selected Authors  (2)      
 ENGL 386       Selected Authors (4)
 ENGL 387       C.S. Lewis (4)
 ENGL 388       Jane Austen (LE)
 
 ENGL 485       Wade Center Special Collection (2)
 ENGL 486       Wade Center Special Collection (4)
 
 6 Hours in American Literature
 (The six hours must include two (2) different periods and at least
 one (1) period course)
 
  Period Courses
  ENGL 341   American Literature: Beginnings to Romanticism (4)
  ENGL 342   American Literature: Realism to Modernism (4)
  ENGL 343   American Literature: after 1945
       
  Author Courses
  ENGL 381   American Authors: Beginnings to Romanticism (2)
  ENGL 382   American Authors: Realism to Modernism (2)
  ENGL 383   American Authors after 1945 (2)
  ENGL 391    American Authors: Beginnings to Romanticism (4)
  ENGL 392    American Authors: Realism to Modernism (4)
  ENGL 393   American Authors after 1945 (4)
 

Literature Concentration - 16 Hours

 
12 hrs. Major Electives from among the following categories:
  Additional period courses
                 ENGL 331 through ENGL 353
ENGL 355 through ENGL 365
ENGL 341 through ENGL 343
  Additional figure courses
      ENGL 381 through ENGL386
ENGL 391 through ENGL 393
      ENGL 485 through ENGL 486
       
  Anglophone and Literature in Translation
  ENGL 202                     Topics in Literary Explorations and Global Perspectives (LE)
  ENGL 285   Topics in Global Literature (2)
  ENGL 371    Modern European (4)
       
  Genre Courses
  ENGL 378   Genre (Lyric, Novel, Essay, Epic, etc.) (4)
       
  Language, Criticism, and Theory
  ENGL 434   Modern Literary Theory (4)
  ENGL 435    History of Literary Criticism (4)
  ENG 271   History of the English Language (2)
 
 
Special Topics
   ENGL 431        Christianity and Fantasy (4)
   ENGL 375    Women Writers (2)
   ENGL 379    African American Literature (4)
   ENGL 373    Literature of the Bible (4)
   ENGL 433    Varied Literary Topics (2-4)
       
   Writing Courses
(6 hours maximum toward Literature concentration)
   ENGW 213    Creative Writing (4)
   ENGW 214    Rhetorical Writing (2)
   ENGW 444    Special Topics in Writing sections (2)
       
  Internships    
   ENGL 496   Literature Internship (Requires Department approval (1-4)
 
 4 Hours Senior Seminar
   ENGL 494    Senior Seminar (4)