Literary Theory & History
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:
- English 300: Foundations of Contemporary Literature, a graduate-level course offered every fall (undergraduates must apply to enroll in this course)
- The study of foreign languages. Consult your advisor about work in other languages (e.g., German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, Latin and Greek).