Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


English (ENG) with a concentration in Literary Studies (LTS)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 23.0101

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

A bachelor’s degree in English prepares students for any field that values critical thinking, high reading comprehension, clear and effective writing, and the ability to interpret and analyze data.

    Concentration Description

    This concentration provides students with a knowledge of literary method, literary history, and a broad range of literary accomplishment (including knowledge of emerging fields, world literatures, and ethnic literatures). While the major places much emphasis on appreciating works of literature as artifacts produced in their own culture contexts, it also enables students to make connections between contemporary life and the study of literature. It evaluates students' grasp of formal and technical elements of literary practice and emphasizes the development of writing skills and the production of disciplinary writing. Successful completion of the major will enhance students' capacity for aesthetic enjoyment, critical reflection, and effective self-expression, and may provide preparation for further study (graduate and professional schools) or communication and research skills to be used in a work environment.

    State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

    Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree from a Florida  state or community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet general education requirements, thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer without an A.A. degree and have fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university's entering freshman requirements, including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA and course requirements.

    Transfer students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.

    • ENC 1101 Composition I or ENC XXXX 3 credit hours
    • ENC 1102 Composition II or ENC XXXX 3 credit hours

    Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

    Concentration Core Courses - 27 Hours

      I. Required Courses (2 courses/6 credit hours):
    • ENG 3014 Introduction to Literary Methodology (recommended during first 2 semesters of the major)
    • ENG 4013 Literary Criticism (recommended before any 4000-level courses are taken)
      II. Additional Requirements (1 course from each of the following groups) (5 courses/15credit hours):
      A. Medieval / Renaissance Group B. 17th/18th Century British Group C. 19th Century British Group
      • ENL 3251 British Literature 1780-1900
      • ENL 4122 Nineteenth-Century British Novel
      • ENL 3017 Studies in Nineteenth-Century British Literature
      D. American Before 1900 Group
      • AML 3031 American Literature from the Beginnings to 1860
      • AML 3032 American Literature from 1860 to 1912
      • AML 4111 Nineteenth-Century American Novel
      • AML 4261 Literature of the South
      E. 20th or 21st Century American or British Group
      • AML 3051 American Literature from 1912 to 1945
      • AML 4121 Twentieth-Century American Novel
      • AML 4261 Literature of the South
      • ENL 3026 Studies in 20th Century Literature
      • ENL 3273 British Literature 1900-1945
      • ENL 4132 British Novel Conrad to the Present
      • LIT 4233 Postcolonial Literature

      III. Cultural-Critical Studies Group (2 courses/6 credit hours):
      • AML 3604 African American Literature
      • AML 3630 Latino/a Literature
      • AML 4111 Nineteenth-Century American Novel
      • AML 4121 Twentieth-Century American Novel
      • AML 4933 Studies in American Literature and Culture
      • ENG 4060 History of the English Language
      • ENL 4122 Nineteenth-Century British Novel
      • ENL 4132 British Novel Conrad to the Present
      • LIN 4671 Traditional English Grammar
      • LIT 3022 Modern Short Prose
      • LIT 3031 Survey of Poetry
      • LIT 3043 Modern Drama
      • LIT 3093 Contemporary Literature
      • LIT 3101 Literature of the Western World through Renaissance
      • LIT 3102 Literature of the Western World since Renaissance
      • LIT 3144 Modern European Novel
      • LIT 3410 Religious and Philosophical Themes in Literature
      • LIT 4233 Postcolonial Literature
      • LIT 4386 British and American Literature by Women

    Concentration Elective Courses - 9 Hours

    Students must choose 3 courses/9 credit hours from the following:

    • AML 4300 Selected American Authors
    • ENG 3113 Film as Narrative Art
    • ENG 4674 Film and Culture
    • ENL 4303 Selected British Authors
    • LIT 3374 Bible as Literature
    • LIT 3930 Selected Topics in Literature
    • LIT 4930 Selected Topics in English Studies
    • Any additional courses listed under, "Additional Requirements" above.
    • Any major CRW course listed under the CRW concentration
    • Any major ENC course listed under the TCM concentration.

    Research Opportunities

    All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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