Literary Theory & History

Thinking about grad school?

Some English majors know early on that they would like to pursue advanced degrees. Admission to master's degree and Ph.D. programs has become increasingly competitive in recent years. A concentration in literary theory and history will help prepare you for that competition and for the rigors of graduate study.

Courses needed to fulfill a concentration in literary theory and history:

  • One additional course in literary criticism or theory
  • One additional pre-1900 course
  • English 198: Senior Honors Thesis (Independent Study) in the fall semester of the senior year

For students who plan to do graduate work, the department recommends:

  • The study of foreign languages. Consult your advisor about work in other languages (e.g., German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, Latin and Greek).