Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


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


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 at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses 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 in prerequisite courses.

Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

Concentration Core Courses - 21 Hours

  • I. Required Course (3 credit hours):
    • ENG 3014 Introduction to Literary Methodology (recommended during first 2 semesters of the major)
  • II. Additional Requirements (18 credit hours):
    • Capstone (3 credit hours)
      • Students must choose one course from the following list (Note: These courses are approved only for the department's capstone requirement, not for the University's EXIT Capstone requirement.):
    • Literary Histories (9 credit hours)
      • Students must choose one course from three of the four pre-1900 categories:
        • Medieval/Renaissance
        • 17th/18th Century British
        • 19th Century British
          • ENL 3017 Studies in 19th Century British Literature
          • ENL 3251 British Literature 1780-1900
          • ENL 4122 19th Century British Novel
        • American Before 1900
          • AML 3031 American Literature from the Beginnings to 1860
          • AML 3032 American Literature from 1860 to 1912
          • AML 4111 Nineteenth-Century American Novel
    • Cultural-Critical Studies (3 credit hours)
      • Students must choose one course from the following list:
        • AML 3604 African American Literature
        • AML 3630 U.S. Latino/Latina Literature in English
        • AML 3641 Native American Literature and Film
        • AML 3674 Asian American Literature and Film
        • AML 4933 Studies in American Literature and Culture
        • LIT 3353 Literature, Race, and Ethnicity
        • LIT 3410 Religious and Philosophical Themes
        • LIT 3513 Literature, Gender, and Sexuality
        • LIT 4233 Postcolonial Literature
        • LIT 4386 British and American Literature by Women
        • LIT 4931 Studies in World Literature and Culture
    • Language and Genre (3 credit hours)

Concentration Elective Courses - 15 Hours

  • Students may count one course from the following list:
  • Students may select four additional courses (12 credit hours) from the following list:
    • AML 3051 American Literature from 1912 to 1945
    • AML 3243 American Literature from 1945 to the Present
    • AML 4261 Literature of the South
    • AML 4300 Selected American Authors
    • ENG 4013 Literary Criticism (recommended for those planning to attend graduate school)
    • ENL 3026 Studies in the Twentieth-Century Literature
    • ENL 3273 British Literature 1900-1945
    • ENL 4303 Selected British Authors
    • LIT 3093 Contemporary Literature
    • LIT 3102 Literature of the Western World since the Renaissance
    • LIT 3374 The Bible as Literature
    • LIT 3930 Selected Topics in English Studies
    • LIT 4930 Selected Topics in English Studies
    • Any additional LTS major course listed above
    • Any major CRW course listed under the Creative Writing concentration
    • Any major ENC course listed under the Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Technology concentration

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