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  • This page outlines requirements for the BA in Literary Studies with a concentration in Literature. Students can also study Literature as a minor.

    Requirements for the BA in Literary Studies with a concentration in Literature - Updated for 2020-2021

    Faculty members in Literary Studies regard critical and theoretical writing as a process that is as creative as writing poetry, fiction, and drama. Only specific courses satisfy the major requirements, including electives. In choosing courses to meet requirements, students are encouraged to meet with Carolyn Vellenga Berman for questions about the Literature concentration. Learn more and track your progress in the Detailed Degree Requirements and Literary Studies Requirements Worksheets below. 

    Required courses:

    Introductory courses:

    • LLST 2003 The Invention of Literature (3-4 credits)
    • LLST 2005 Literary Reinvention (3-4 credits)

    Other required courses:

    • 1 single text/author course (3-4 credits)
    • 1 LLST-RFW Reading for Writers course (3-4 credits)
    • 7 courses outlined as follows, 4 of which are 3000 level or higher:
      • 4 Literature electives (12-16 credits)
      • 2 Advanced LLSL courses, 3000 level or higher (6-8 credits)
      • 1 Poetry course (3-4 credits)

    Senior Capstone:

    • Choose one of the following, by advisement (3-4 credits), and see Detailed Degree Requirements below:
      • Independent Senior Project
      • Senior seminar

    Total credits: 36-48 

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