B.A. in English Studies / Literature Concentration (61-65 credits)


English Studies majors choose among four concentrations: Integrated, Writing, Linguistics, and Literature.


Major: (61-65 credits)


English Studies Core (see below)

Second Language: 8 credits at 100/200 level OR 4 credits at 203 or higher in chosen second language


Required Courses:

LIT 301   Shakespeare

LIT 318   Introduction to Literary Study II


Choose four from:

LIT 204*-205-206   Survey of British Literature

LIT 253-254          Survey of American Literature

*must include LIT 204 if LIT 201 has not been taken


Choose one from:

LIT 439   Studies in US Minority Literature

LIT 443   Studies in World Literatures


Four additional upper-division English Studies courses (LIT, LING, or WR) with at least two at 400-level


Minor: (20 Credits)

Required Courses:

One 200-level literature course

LIT 317


Three upper-division LIT courses


**Students planning a minor in literature, linguistics, writing, or integrated need to be aware of prerequisites for upper division courses.  Students with a major in one of these areas and a minor in another, need to plan with an advisor additional classes in the minor to replace courses taken in the common core.  Planning with an advisor is essential.


English Studies Core

Before taking the Foundations courses, students should have the General Education writing requirement completed, and one lower-division Literature course before LIT 317 (LIT 201 or LIT 202 recommended)

ENG 498 Senior Capstone (1) [Not required for Language Arts Secondary Education majors]

LING 310 Introduction to Linguistics

LIT 317 Introduction to Literary Study I

WR 230 Introduction to Writing Studies


Learning Outcomes

4.  Develop familiarity with and appreciation for major authors, literary movements and genres and their place in the development of American, British, and other literatures.

5.  Apply theories and research methods to analyze and interpret literature.

6.  Analyze how literature relates to literary traditions and genres, culture, society and the individual.


Note: 300 level courses are not prerequisites for 400 level courses with corresponding numbers, but many 400 level courses require ENG 218 and one 300 level literature course as prerequisites. Consult catalog course descriptions for specific prerequisite requirements.


American LiteratureBritish Literature
ENG 331 American Literature to 1865ENG 301 Shakespeare
ENG 332 American Literature Since 1865ENG 320 Medieval British Literature
ENG 389 U.S. Minority LiteratureENG 321 Renaissance British Literature
ENG 407 Seminar [Variable Topics]*ENG 323 British Literature 1660-1832
ENG 432 Studies in American LiteratureENG 324 Victorian British Literature
ENG 447 Major Figures [Variable Topics]ENG 325 20th Century British Literature
ENG 407 Seminar [Variable Topics]
ENG 421 Studies in British Literature
ENG 447 Major Figures [Variable Topics]
Continental European LiteratureLiterary Theory
ENG 340 European Literature Before 1700ENG 318 Contemporary Literary Theory
ENG 341 European Literature After 1700ENG 418 Topics in Theory and Criticism
ENG 407 Seminar [Variable Topics]ENG 465 Teaching Literature
ENG 441 Studies in Continental European Literature
ENG 447 Major Figures [Variable Topics]
Special TopicsSpecial Studies
ENG 380 The Bible as LiteratureENG 399 Special Studies
ENG 385 FolkloreENG 406 Special Individual Studies
ENG 386 Form and Meaning in FilmENG 409 Internship
ENG 387 MythologyENG 498 Senior Capstone
ENG 390 World Literatures
ENG 465 Teaching Literature
ENG 490 Studies in World Literatures

*Consult schedule of classes for current courses here.



English Studies Department: Integrated, Linguistics, Literature, and Writing

Department Head: Dr. Lars Söderlund | 503-838-8325 | or e-mail: soderlundl@mail.wou.edu  | Location: BELL 309