B.A. English, Literary Option

Program Admissions Requirements

There are no program admission requirements for the B.A. in English, Literary option.

General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 16
Objective 23
Objective 3 - MATH 1123 Recommended 13
Objective 46
Objective 57
Objective 6 6
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7
Objective 8
Objective 93
Total Credits37

 “P” courses are equivalent to the original course.   

 Major Requirements  

Literary Analysis6
Introduction to Literary Analysis
Literary Criticism and Theory
Language Studies6
Take ONE lower-division course in linguistics, chosen from:
Grammar and Usage
Introduction to Language Studies
Take ONE additional upper-division course in linguistics, chosen from any of the following:
Language in the United States
Varieties of American English
Studies In Grammar
Rotating Topics in Linguistics
Old English
History of the English Language
Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Literary Histories I6
Take TWO survey courses, chosen from the following:
Survey of World Literature I Beginnings through 16th Century
Survey of World Literature II 17th Century to Present
Survey of British Literature I Beginnings through 18th Century
Survey of British Literature II 19th Century to Present
Survey of American Literature I Beginnings to 1860
Survey of American Literature II 1860 to Present
Studies in Genre3
Take ONE genre course, chosen from the following:
Art of the Film II
Drama and Performance
Poetry and Poetics
Studies in Fiction
Studies in Non-Fiction
Special Topics in Genre
Studies in Identity and Place6
Take TWO courses, chosen from the following:
Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Literature of the American West
Studies in Black Literatures
Studies in Latino Literatures
Studies in Asian Literatures
Studies in Indigenous Literatures
Postcolonial Literature
Literature and the Environment
Literature and Religion
Topics in Literature, Identity, and Place
Literary Histories II9
Take ONE course in Pre-1800 Literary Histories, chosen from the following:
Studies in Classical Literature
Studies in Medieval Literature
Studies in Renaissance Literature
Studies in Seventeenth-Century Literature
Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature
Studies in a Single Author or Circle Pre-1800
Shakespeare in Performance
Take ONE course in Post-1800 Literary Histories, chosen from the following:
Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature
Studies in Twenty-first-Century Literature
Studies in a Single Author or Circle Post-1800
Take ONE additional course in Literary Histories II, chosen from Pre-1800 Literary Histories or Post-1800 Literary Histories.
9 additional elective credits of English (except ENGL 1101, 1101P, and 1102), 6 credits of which must be upper-division courses.
These courses might be used toward one of the English minors in Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and Film.
Senior Portfolio0
Senior Literary Studies Portfolio
Students submit a portfolio of their two best papers, at least one of which should include research and citations, and a reflection (3pp.) on how they have developed as writers and thinkers relative to the outcomes of the major and literary track. S grade is required for graduation. Graded S/U
To graduate as an English major, a student must maintain at least a 2.25 grade point average in courses within the English curriculum.
Total Credits45

​Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements0
General Education37
Major Requirements45
Upper Division Free Electives6
Free Electives32
Total Credits120

ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education

Major Academic Plan (MAP)