Bachelor of Arts in English, Literature track
Studying English literature means engaging in the creative, intellectual work of reading, writing, and critical thinking—vital and valued skills in the liberal arts tradition.
A B.A. in English literature engages students’ curiosity and imagination and provides students with various tools to critically read works from different periods, genres, and authors. It supports student exploration of literary and cultural texts, primarily in the British and American traditions. In Auburn’s Department of English, students learn to improve writing skills by developing the ability to construct arguments from texts, be conversant in the terms of a particular genre and the historical period, and be able to write using a critical methodology. The research project in the senior seminar provides students with the opportunity to pull all these skills together in order to produce a document that can serve as a writing sample for a job or for graduate admission.
The English literature track offers a foundation for careers in education, law, divinity, and business, as well as a strong foundation for further study. The skills of a liberal arts education—critical thinking, oral and written communication, humanistic perspectives—helps English graduates succeed in whatever career field they enter.
Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in English from the Career Center’s Pathways.
Minor in English
The English minor requires 15 credit hours (at least 9 hours must be at the 3000-level or higher).
Careers in English
Curriculum in English: Literature
|ENGL 1100 English Composition I||3||ENGL 1120 English Composition II||3|
|Foreign Language I (College Core)||4||Foreign Language II (College Core)||4|
|Core Social Science||3||Core Fine Arts||3|
|Core Mathematics||3||Core Social Science||3|
|Core Humanities (except COMM 1000)1||3|
|Core Literature2||3||Core Literature2||3|
|Core Science I||4||Core Science II||4|
|HIST 1010/1017 World History I||3||HIST 1020/1027 World History II||3|
|Select one of the following as a gateway course:||3||Group 24||3|
ENGL 2230 British Literature before 1789
|LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation||2|
ENGL 2240 British Literature after 1789
ENGL 2250 American Literature before 1865
ENGL 2260 American Literature after 1865
|ENGL 3130 Survey of Critical Theory||3||4400-level American literature course||3|
|4300-level British literature course||3||ENGL Elective (2000-level or higher)||3|
|Course from Group 14||3||Approved Minor3||3|
|4500-level Genre course||3||4600- or 4700-level Author or Topics course||3|
|ENGL Elective (3000-level or higher)||3||ENGL 4800 Seminar in Literature5||3|
|Approved Minor3||6||Approved Minor3||3|
|Electives||3||ENGL Elective (3000-level or higher)||3|
|UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation||0|
|Total Hours: 120|
If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.
Students are required to complete a Core Literature sequence.
Students must complete a minor in a subject approved by the departmental adviser.
Students should see the departmental adviser to identify approved courses for Group 1 (Globalism, Sustainability, and Diversity), Group 2 (Linguistics or Rhetoric), and ENGL electives.
ENGL 4800 fulfills SLO 7.
Last Updated: June 21, 2016