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The English major is designed to provide students with a background in British, American, and world literatures, literary criticism and theory, popular culture, and rhetoric and composition. Students in this major develop critical thinking, close reading, and analytical and creative writing skills. The English major prepares students for a wide variety of careers in such fields as education, publishing, law, business, and government.

Learning Outcomes

A successful English graduate is expected to:

  1. Produce written arguments about literary texts;
  2. Identify literary periods, authors, and genres;
  3. Analyze literary texts as creative expressions, and historical and cultural artifacts.

Curriculum Requirements

At least 18 credits in the major must be at the 3000/4000 level.

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

English Major Requirements (45 credits)

LITR 2010 - British Literature I (3 credits)

A survey of major literary movements and writers, from Old English through the 18th century. The course examines themes common to various historical periods. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

LITR 2011 - British Literature II (3 credits)

A survey of major literary movements and writers, from the Romantic period through the present. The course examines themes common to various historical periods. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

LITR 2020 - American Literature I (3 credits)

A survey of American literature from the colonial period through the Civil War, emphasizing major authors and identifying themes common to various historical periods. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.

LITR 2021 - American Literature II (3 credits)

A survey of American literature from the end of the Civil War through the present, emphasizing major authors and identifying themes common to various historical periods. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

LITR 2030 - World Literature I (3 credits)

A survey of selected masterpieces by international writers from antiquity through the Renaissance, emphasizing the evolution of world culture. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

LITR 2031 - World Literature II (3 credits)

A survey of selected masterpieces by international writers from the 17th century through the 20th century, emphasizing the evolution of world culture. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

LITR 3060 - History and Structure of the English Language (3 credits)

A study of the structure and development of the English language from Old English to Modern English, including changes in word forms, meaning and sounds, syntax and grammar. Prerequisites: one LITR course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020. 

LITR 4050 - Literary Criticism and Theory (3 credits)

This course introduces students to critical approaches to literature and explores the potential usefulness of theoretical constructs in examining literary texts. Prerequisites: one LITR course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020. 

LITR 4760 - Major Authors (3 credits)

This course will examine the life and work of an influential single literary author from a range of critical perspectives, using a variety of selections from the author?s work. Prerequisites: one LITR course; and COMP 2000 or COMP 2000H or COMP 2020. 

LITR 2110 - Detective Fiction (3 credits)

A study of the literary sub-genre of detective fiction through the reading of important short fiction and novels by such authors as Poe, Doyle, Christie, Chandler, and Hammett. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

LITR 2120 - Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature (3 credits)

A study of science fiction and fantasy literature from the 18th-century to the present. May include a variety of genres of speculative fiction, from traditional sci-fi and fairy tales to supernatural fiction and cyberpunk. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

LITR 2130 - Contemporary Memoir (3 credits)

A detailed study of the contemporary memoir by reading representative works in English with particular focus on the origins and development of "New Autobiography." Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.

 

LITR 2140 - Latino Identities (3 credits)

This course will explore and analyze contemporary literature by U.S. based Latino/a authors, and the forms, traditions, and issues unique to this literature. Emphasis will be on similarities and differences in the experiences in the United States among different Latino/a groups, including but not limited to Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban-Americans and Dominican-Americans. Some topics to be discussed include identity formation; race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class; bilingualism and code-switching; and the experiences of immigration and exile. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.

LITR 3510 - Irish Literature (3 credits)

A study of Irish and Celtic literatures, focusing on early Irish myth and medieval literature translated from Gaelic, the literature of the Irish Renaissance in the early 20th century, and contemporary Irish poetry and prose. Prerequisites: one LITR course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

LITR 3520 - African-American Literature (3 credits)

A study of African-American literature, from slave narratives to modern African-American poetry and prose. Prerequisites: one LITR course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

LITR 3530 - Caribbean Literature (3 credits)

A study of Caribbean literature from early post-Colombian literature, such as slave narratives and travel writing, to modern Caribbean poetry and prose. The emphasis is on literature written in English, but the course includes works that have been translated into English from other languages, including French and Spanish. This course provides an introduction to the literature of the Caribbean and a framework for studying that material. Prerequisites: one LITR course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

LITR 3540 - Latin American Literature (3 credits)

A survey of Latin American literature in translation. Prerequisite: one LITR course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

LITR 3620 - Studies in Poetry (3 credits)

A detailed study of the genre of poetry through the reading of important works on various periods and countries from the ancient through the modern era, focusing on the main poetical categories of epic, lyric, and dramatic poetry. Prerequisites: one LITR course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

LITR 3630 - Studies in the Novel (3 credits)

A detailed study of the novel through the reading of important works of various periods and countries from the 18th century through the modern era. Prerequisites: one LITR course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H or LITR 2010H or LITR 2011H or LITR 2020H or LITR 2021H or LITR 2030H.

LITR 3640 - Studies in Drama (3 credits)

A detailed study of drama through the reading of important works of various periods and countries from the ancient through the modern era. Prerequisites: one LITR course; COMP 2000, COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

Any 3000/4000-level LITR course (3 credits) OR Any of the following courses:

FILM 3050 - Literature and Film (3 credits)

This course focuses on the adaptation of literary texts into film texts. Emphasis will be on the process and consequences of literary adaptation into film and the similarities and differences between the reading and analysis of literary texts and film texts. Prerequisites: one FILM course; and COMP 2000 or 2010 or 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

HUMN 3400 - The Beat Generation (3 credits)

This course is a study of the literature, film, and music of the "Beat Generation," a diverse group of artists and writers active in the early 1950s in America, who challenged the status quo in America's literary scene, as well as the social and political conservatism of post-war America. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

HUMN 3610 - The Harlem Renaissance (3 credits)

This course will examine the Harlem Renaissance, the period from the end of World War I and through the middle of the 1930's Depression, during which African-American artists produced a body of work in the graphic arts, poetry, fiction, drama, essay, music, particularly jazz, spirituals and blues, painting, dramatic revues, and others. The notions of racial consciousness will be explored, as well as the common themes of alienation, marginalization, the use of folk material, the use of the blues tradition, and the problems of writing for an elite audience. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, COMP 2010, COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

HUMN 3800 - Mexican Cult of Death in Myth and Literature (3 credits)

This course examines the Mexican Cult of Death as an ubiquitous theme in Mexican arts and letters. Prerequisites: One ARTS, FILM, HIST, HUMN, LITR, or PHIL course; and COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H.

HUMN 4310 - The Vampire (3 credits)

This course investigates the development of the vampire tradition in Eastern and Western myth and legend; 19th and 20th century literacy and artistic representations of the vampire; and psychological and medical explanations of the phenomenon. Prerequisites: one ARTS, HIST, HUMN, LITR, PHIL, or THEA course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 24 credits of coursework from the following disciplines: ARTS, DANC, FILM, HIST, HUMN, LITR, MUSC, PHIL, and THEA, as well as an intermediate degree of competency in a foreign language (generally, a minimum of 6 credits or another demonstration of competency).

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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