University General Course Catalog 2017-2018 
    Nov 18, 2019  

English (Literature Specialization), B.A.


Students majoring in the Literature program are trained in the study of literature from a variety of perspectives. Our majors have gone on to  careers in law, teaching, writing, editing and publishing, nonprofit development, arts administration, politics, entertainment, new media, and public relations, as well as graduate work in English literature, rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Literature courses offer diverse approaches to English and American literature, as well as other global literatures in English, through courses focusing on the study of historical periods, individual authors, movements, themes, and genres. Our courses emphasize the diversity of literature in English and consider literary works in their social and historical contexts, with particular emphasis on the literature of underrepresented groups. Requirements and electives provide a broad exposure to a literary tradition extending from Beowulf and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to the plays and poems of Shakespeare to modern and contemporary works of poetry, fiction, drama, and memoir.  The major emphasizes the development of skills in oral and written analysis and the critical study of literary form and language, and includes the option of additional electives in writing or linguistics. Introductory courses emphasize analytic and writing skills and offer an overview of literary history, while upper-level courses focus on advanced critical analysis and research.

Contact Information

Director of Undergraduate Studies
122B Frandsen Humanities
(775) 784-6689

College of Liberal Arts Advising:

Transfer to Nevada

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access established transfer course equivalencies to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

Total Units 120
Cumulative GPA 2.0
University GPA 2.0
Major GPA 2.0
Residency Requirement 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
Major Residency Requirement 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
Upper-Division Requirement 42 Upper-Division Units
Half Program Units/4 Year Institution 60 Units


I. Silver Core General Education Requirements (24-27 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding  the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Silver Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Silver Core Writing and Prerequisite (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Silver Core Mathematics and Prerequisite (3 units minimum) - CO2

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO2 courses .

C. Silver Core Natural Sciences (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO4/CO4L courses .

D. Silver Core Social Sciences (3 units) - CO6

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .

E. Silver Core Fine Art (3 units) - CO7

F. Silver Core Humanities (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Silver Core Requirements (12 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Silver Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).   Students must satisfy at least two of the Additional Silver Core requirements with courses that also meets a major requirement. If students do not use the following recommended courses to satisfy the additional Silver Core requirements, they must take appropriate courses in other departments.  Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter of this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

The following recommended course can also be used in the Major Requirement:

B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10

C. Global Context Course - CO11

The following recommended courses can also be used in the Major Requirement:

D. Ethics Course - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

The following recommended courses can also be used in the Major Requirement:

F. Application Course - CO14

III. Additional College Requirements (6-20 units)

Units may vary depending on initial course placement in foreign language coursework.

A. Foreign Language (0-14 units)

Successful completion of the foreign language requirement may be accomplished through one of four options:

  1. complete a fourth semester college course in a foreign language or in American Sign Language;
  2. demonstrate proficiency through placement examination or other means determined by the Department of World Languages and Literatures, including minimum CBAPE, SAT II, or IB scores;
  3. show transcript evidence of successful completion of four years of high school coursework in the same foreign language; or
  4. participate in a Studies Abroad program pre-approved by the college to meet the foreign language requirement.

B. College Breadth Requirement (6 units)

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in the college shall be required to take, within the College of Liberal Arts, 6 credits that are outside the departments in which they major or minor, and that exclude courses taken to fulfill the Silver Core General Education requirements (Core Objectives 1 through 7).

IV. Major Requirements Literature Specialization (39 units)

English majors and minors should complete ENG 298  and ENG 303  before enrolling in 400-level English courses. Courses are 3 units unless otherwise noted.

B. Major Electives (18 units)

In addition to the major core courses, select 18 units to be distributed among at least four of eleven groups listed below. At least one course must be from Literature written Pre-1800 (not to include Shakespeare).

Depending on the topic or theme covered in the following courses, one of them may substitute for a course in groups 1 through 11:  ENG 425A , ENG 425B , or  ENG 498A  .

V. Minor Requirements (18-21 units)

The English Department accepts any minor approved by the College of Liberal Arts.

VI. Electives (1-21 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

First Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

  • Prerequisite Core English (3 units)*
  • Mathematics Course (3 units) CO2*
  • Foreign Language 111 (4 units)
  • Social Sciences Course (3 units) CO6
  • Recreation Elective (2 units)  OR
  • Music Lesson (2 units)


      NOTE: * English and Math course placement is based on test scores. Please consult the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.

Spring Semester (16-17 units)

  • ENG 102 - Composition II (3 units) CO1, CO3 *
  • Natural Sciences Course (3-4 units) CO4L **
  • Foreign Language 112 (4 units)
  • Fine Arts Course (3 units) CO7
  • College Breadth Requirement (3 units)

  •  NOTE(S):
    * English and Math course placement is based on test scores. Please consult the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
    ** Complete at least one CO4L course.

Second Year

Fall Semester (15-16 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

Third Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

  • English elective (400 level) (6 units)
  • Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course (3 units) CO13
  • Ethics Course (3 units) CO12
  • Minor (300-400 level) (3 units)

Spring Semester (12-14 units)