University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Apr 21, 2024  

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 focus 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 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • analyze the development of different genres from the medieval period to the present and explain their distinctive features.
  • write lucid, well-constructed arguments analyzing and interpreting texts.
  • analyze a literary work in its cultural and historical contexts.
  • articulate the premises and assumptions of different critical approaches and apply them to literature texts using literary-critical vocabulary effectively.
  • demonstrate the relevance of linguistic principles and the history of language to the study of literature.

Contact Information

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

College of Liberal Arts Advising:

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

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 Transferology 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. 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 Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum) - CO2

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

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

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

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

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

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Core Requirements (12 units maximum)

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

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9

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

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10

Choose one course (all but ENG 345 also count in the Major Requirement):

C. Global Context - CO11

Choose one course (all also count in the Major Requirement):

D. Ethics - CO12

Choose one course (all but ENG 300 also count in the Major Requirement):

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13

Choose one course (all also count in the Major Requirement):

F. Application - 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)

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equal to a fourth semester course level through one of the following options:

  1. complete a fourth semester college course in a foreign language or in American Sign Language;
  2. demonstrate proficiency through a means determined by the Department of World Languages and Literatures including but not limited to minimum standardized test scores (CBAPE, SAT II, or IB), attaining a minimum aptitude on an accredited foreign language assessment test, or providing transcript evidence of a high school or equivalent diploma in which English was not the language of instruction; or,
  3. participate in a studies abroad language program pre-approved by the Department of World Languages and Literatures to meet the foreign language requirement. 

Note: Four years of high school foreign language instruction does not automatically satisfy this 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 units that are outside the departments in which they major or minor, and that exclude courses taken to fulfill the Core General Education requirements (Core Objectives 1 through 8).

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.

C. 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 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)*
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 units) CO2*
  • Foreign Language 111 (4 units)
  • Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) CO6
  • Recreation Elective (2 units)  OR
  • Music Lesson (2 units)

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

Spring Semester (16-17 units)

  • (3 units) CO1, CO3 *
  • Physical & Natural Phenomena (3-4 units) CO4L **
  • Foreign Language 112 (4 units)
  • Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) CO7
  • College Breadth Requirement (3 units)

  • * 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)

  • 400 Level ENG Elective (6 units)
  • Capstone Integration & Synthesis (3 units) CO13
  • Ethics (3 units) CO12
  • 300-400 Level Minor (3 units)

Spring Semester (12-14 units)