Studying literature means much more than reading the texts of great authors. Students of literature encounter one of the humanities’ most versatile and complex fields, delving into literature from before Chaucer to modern authors from countries throughout the world.
Literature majors receive an extensive background in English and American literature, and are offered numerous upper-division courses concentrating on African-American writings, Post-Colonial authors, gender and literature, Appalachian and Southern literature, poetry, novels, short stories, and modern drama. Majors also become familiar with several critical approaches to literary texts, understanding and employing literary theory to illuminate works across and outside the canon.
To complete this Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program, a total of 40 hours is required, including a minor, second major, or other approved program and general electives. Students must take at least 32 hours at the junior-senior level at WCU to satisfy general university degree requirements.
- Eight-Semester Plan for B.A. in English, Literature Concentration
- Major Checksheet (PDF)
- Program-at-a-glance (PDF) (Flash)
Liberal Studies requirements: 42 hours
The major requires 40 hours as follows:
Foreign Language Requirement: 6 Hours
MFL 240 or MFL 231 and MFL 232
CORE Course: 1 Hour
CORE: 9 Hours (must take all of these)
ENGL 240, ENGL 241 and ENGL 242
Professional Writing Electives: Select 3 hours from:
ENGL 303, ENGL 305 or ENGL 401.
Capstone Course: 3 hours
Literature & Film Electives: 18 hours
18 hours of 300-400 level English Literature or Film courses as selected by the student and avisor. Only 6 of these hours may be Liberal Studies courses. See Catalog for complete list of approved courses for this category.
To complete the program, a total of 38 hours is required, including a minor, second major, or toher approved program and liberal studies. Students must take at least 32 hours at the junior-senior leve at WCU in order to satisfy general university degree requirements.
If you have questions about the undergraduate literature program, contact the program director, Brent Kinser.