English: Literature

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).

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Careers in English

Curriculum in English: Literature

Students take as the gateway course to the Literature Track either ENGL 2230 (British Literature before 1789), ENGL 2240 (British Literature after 1789), ENGL 2250 (American Literature before 1865), OR ENGL 2260 (American Literature after 1865). Students may not count literature courses taken to fulfill the Core Literature requirement for their gateway course. ENGL 4800 (Seminar in Literature) is the capstone course for this track.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Core Social Science3Core Fine Arts3
Core Mathematics3Core Social Science3
 Core Humanities (except COMM 1000)13
 13 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature23Core Literature23
Core Science I4Core Science II 4
HIST 1010/1017 World History I3HIST 1020/1027 World History II3
Select one of the following as a gateway course:3Group 243
ENGL 2230 British Literature before 1789
 LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation2
ENGL 2240 British Literature after 1789
  
ENGL 2250 American Literature before 1865
  
ENGL 2260 American Literature after 1865
  
Approved Minor33 
 16 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 3130 Survey of Critical Theory34400-level American literature course3
4300-level British literature course3ENGL Elective (2000-level or higher)3
Course from Group 143Approved Minor33
Electives6Electives6
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
4500-level Genre course34600- or 4700-level Author or Topics course3
ENGL Elective (3000-level or higher)3ENGL 4800 Seminar in Literature53
Approved Minor36Approved Minor33
Electives3ENGL Elective (3000-level or higher)3
 Electives3
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
1

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

2

Students are required to complete a Core Literature sequence.

3

Students must complete a minor in a subject approved by the departmental adviser.


4

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.


5

ENGL 4800 fulfills SLO 7.


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Last Updated: June 21, 2016