Department of English and Philosophy

 

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Literary Track

The Literary program focuses on British and American literature, the study of genre, literary themes and identity, historical periods in literature, major literary figures, and studies in language. Elective coursework may include professional or creative writing, folklore, film, or comparative literature.

Our professors are experts in their fields, and bring their passion into the classroom. Our small class-sizes allow for personal attention from award-winning teachers.

A student with this degree could go on to a career in education, writing, business, web development, or law. Our alumni include teachers, authors, counselors, attorneys, editors, and marketing directors.

Degree Requirements

In addition to completing the General Education and other university requirements, Literary majors complete 45 credits within English as listed below. For more detail, see the ISU Undergraduate Catalog.

Click here to download the English – Literary Option Requirement Worksheet.

These courses are required:

  • ENGL 2211 – Introduction to Literary Analysis (3)

  • ENGL 2280 – Grammar and Usage (3)
    OR
    ENGL 2281 – Introduction to Language Studies (3)

  • ENGL 3311 – Literary Criticism and Theory (3)
  • ENGL 4491 – Senior Seminar in Literature (3)

Select TWO of these survey courses: (6)

  • ENGL 2267 – Survey of British Literature I Beginnings through 18th Century
  • ENGL 2268 – Survey of British Literature II 19th Century to Present
  • ENGL 2277 – Survey of American Literature I Beginnings to 1860
  • ENGL 2278 – Survey of American Literature II 1860 to Present

Select ONE of these genre study courses: (3)

  • ENGL 3321 – Genre Studies in Drama
  • ENGL 3322 – Genre Studies in Poetry
  • ENGL 3323 – Genre Studies in Fiction
  • ENGL 3324 – Genre Studies in Non-Fiction
  • ENGL 3325 – Special Topics in Genre

Select TWO of these period courses: (6)

  • ENGL 4461 – Studies in Classical Literature
  • ENGL 4462 – Studies in Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 4463 – Studies in Renaissance Literature
  • ENGL 4464 – Studies in Seventeenth-Century Literature
  • ENGL 4465 – Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • ENGL 4466 – Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • ENGL 4467 – Studies in Late Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • ENGL 4468 – Studies in Early Twentieth-Century Literature
  • ENGL 4469 – Studies in Contemporary Literature  

Select ONE of these major figure courses: (3)

  • ENGL 4472 – Proseminar in a Major Literary Figure
  • ENGL 4473 – Chaucer
  • ENGL 4474 – Milton
  • ENGL 4476 – Shakespeare

Select ONE of these themes and identity courses: (3)

  • ENGL 3328 – Gender in Literature
  • ENGL 3356 – Ethnicity in Literature
  • ENGL 4453 – American Indian Literature
  • ENGL 4470 – Post-Colonial Literature

Select ONE of these language studies courses: (3)

  • ENGL 4480 – Varieties of American English
  • ENGL 4481 – Studies in Grammar
  • ENGL 4484 – Rotating Topics in Linguistics
  • ENGL 4486 – Old English
  • ENGL 4487 – History of the English Language
  • ENGL 4488 – Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Electives: (9)

Select 9 additional credits from English course offerings (6 credits must be upper-division)

Contact us:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Director of English Undergraduate Studies
208-282-2893
Amanda Christensen
English & Philosophy Administrative Assistant
208-2822478

 


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