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Degree Requirements

This program is designed to provide a solid foundation in literature and language for students who plan to enter graduate study and perhaps college English teaching.

Four semesters (or equivalent) of a modern or classical language at the college level are required.

To earn a bachelor’s degree in literature, you must complete 126 credit hours including the University Core Curriculum and these classes:

Literature, 36 credits
ENG 230 Reading and Writing about Literature

3

ENG 444 Senior Seminar

3

Distribution requirements:
3 courses from British literature (one pre-1800 required)
ENG 260 British Literature 1: The Beginnings to 1780 (3)  
ENG 280 Britsh Literature 2: 1780 to the Present (3)
ENG 362 Medieval British Literature (3)  
ENG 363 Renaissance and Seventeenth-Century British Literature (3)  
ENG 364 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature (3)  
ENG 365 Nineteenth Century British Literature (3)
ENG 366 British Literature 1890-1930 (3)
ENG 367 Contemporary British Literature (3)
  OR appropriate ENG 400-level offerings

 9

3 courses from American literature (one pre-1900 required)
ENG 240 American Literature 1: The Beginnings to 1860 (3)  
ENG 250 American Literature 2: 1860 to Present (3)  
ENG 345 Early American Literature (3)  
ENG 346 Studies in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (3)
ENG 347 Twentieth-Century American Literature (3)
ENG 351 Contemporary American (3)
  OR appropriate ENG 400-level offerings

 9

1 course from diverse literature
ENG 490 Literature and Gender (3)  
ENG 491 Literature of African-American Traditions (3)  
ENG 492 Native American Literature (3)  
ENG 493 American Ethnic Literature (3)  
ENG 494 Queer Literature/Queer Theory (3)
ENG 498 Post-Colonial Studies (3)

 3

1 course at the ENG 400-level
ENG 400 Special Topics in English (3)
ENG 402 Special Topics in Cultural Studies (3)
ENG 421 Studies in Literary History (3)
ENG 422 Studies: Authors (3)  
ENG 423 Studies in Drama (3)  
ENG 424 Genre Studies (3)  
ENG 425 Film Studies (3)  
ENG 464 Shakespeare (3)  
ENG 496 Literary and Critical Theory (3)  
ENG 497 Studies: Literature in Translation (3)

 3

Electives:
2 elective courses in English numbered 205 and above. May not include ENG 206, 392, 393, or any course specially designed for teacher preparation: ENG 150, 204, 302, 304, 311, 318, 350, 395, 401. May include 3 hours of ENG 369.

6

   Total Credits:

36

Learn more about these courses.

 

Department of English
Robert Bell Building (RB), Room 297
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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Phone: 765-285-8580
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