The Literary Studies major is for students who desire a general liberal arts education emphasizing literature, critical thinking, and writing; and for those preparing for graduate education in English or literary studies.
GER Humanities Requirement [H] (1 course, 3 credit hours):
- One of the following: Hum 101, 103, 302, 303, 304, 335, 350, 410, or 450 (the last two are Tier III [T] classes recommended for English majors).
Core (5 courses, 15 credit hours):
- Engl 302: Introduction to English Studies
- Engl 370: The Making of “English”: Literature, Language and Culture Before 1600
- Engl 371: 17th and 18th Century Transnational Literature in English
- Engl 372: 19th Century Literature of the British Empire and the America
- Engl 373: 20th and 21st Century Global Literatures in English.
Electives (7 courses, 21 credit hours):
- Students may take for their electives any combination of literature classes from either the English or Humanities courses, with the following requirements:
- At least one of these courses must be a writers-of-color class so designated by the Undergraduate Studies Committee.
- No more than two may be lower-division courses (100 or 200-level) or non-literature Engl courses
- At least two must be 400-level courses.
Majors in all options must have two [M] (writing intensive) courses in English. Of the 120 total credit hours required for the bachelor’s degree at WSU, forty credit hours must be in upper-division courses. For course descriptions and suggested four-year degree sequences, see the current WSU catalog.
Assessment: End-of-Program Portfolio
In all options, students are required to submit a sample paper from Engl 302 and from a senior literature course (for Creative Writing majors, a sample of writing from Engl 251 and from an advanced creative writing workshop course) and to complete an exit questionnaire before graduation.
- College Professor
- Language instructor
- Literary analyst
- Literary critic
- Magazine editor