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English Language and Literature BA

Department of Literature, Language, Writing, and Philosophy

In the 21st century literature is a global art that transcends borders, illuminating human concerns, beliefs, and experiences. Through study of a wide range of literary works from past and present and from throughout the world, literature majors in Becton College develop insights needed to understand the diverse aesthetic, cultural, andhistorical bases of literature, and enhance their ability to read with critical understanding and write clearly and analytically.

The literature major offers two options:

  • a track in English and American literature; and

  • a track in World Literature.

 In addition, there are options for students in the five-year Quest program.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree
Students majoring in literature must complete 15 credits of required courses and 27 credits of literature electives.

English and American Literature

Required Courses (15 Credits; all courses are 3 credits)
LITS 2001 Ancient World
LITS 2002 13th-18th Centuries
LITS 2003 19th -20th Centuries
LITS 2004 Introduction to Literary Criticism
LITS 4001 Senior Seminar

Literature electives 27 credits—Select courses from the following categories:

National Traditions
Choose three courses (9 credits) from the following:

LITS 3011 American Literature I
LITS 3012 American Literature II
LITS 3013 African American Literature
LITS 3020 Eighteenth-Century British Literature
LITS 3021 Victorian Age
LITS 3054 Romanticism
LITS 3201 British Writers
LITS 3202 American Writers
LITS 3212 Chaucer
LITS 3213 Shakespeare I
LITS 3214 Shakespeare II
LITS 3230 Jane Austen: Fiction and Film

NOTE: Students in the Quest program should select LITS 3213 or 3214 Shakespeare I or II as one of their courses in this category.

Genres
Choose three courses (9 credits) from the following (only 1 course from LITS 3151, 3152, 3153):

LITS 3101 Greek and Roman Drama
LITS 3102 Studies in Drama
LITS 3103 20th-Century Drama
LITS 3104 Contemporary British and American Drama
LITS 3105 Contemporary European Drama
LITS 3106 Contemporary World Drama
LITS 3111 Studies in Poetry
LITS 3112 20th-Century Poetry
LITS 3121 Studies in the Novel
LITS 3122 20th-Century Novel
LITS 3123 Contemporary British and American Fiction
LITS 3151 Detective Fiction
LITS 3152 Science Fiction
LITS 3153 Comic Books and Graphic Novels
LITS 3154 Biography and Autobiography
LITS 3311 Children’s Literature
LITS 3312 Young Adult Literature

NOTE: Students in the Quest program should select either LITS 3311 Children’s Literature (Elementary Education concentration) or LITS 3312 Young Adult Literature (Secondary Education concentration) as one of the courses in this category.

Topics
Choose three courses (9 credits) from the following (one course must emphasize a tradition outside of the British or American tradition, marked with an asterisk *):

LITS 3301 The English Language
LITS 3302 Myth and Sacred Texts*
LITS 3303 World Folk Literature*
LITS 3321 Post-Modern Literature*
LITS 3322 Post-Colonial Studies*
LITS 3331 Multicultural Voices in America
LITS 3341 Gender and Literature*
LITS 3352 Music and Poetry

NOTE: Students in the Quest program should select LITS 3301 English Language as one of their choices in this category.

World Literature
Required Courses (15 credits)

LITS 2001 Ancient World
LITS 2002 13th-18th Centuries
LITS 2003 19th -20th Centuries
LITS 2004 Introduction to Literary Criticism
LITS 4001 Senior SeminarLITS 2001 Ancient World

Electives
(27 credits) Select from the following categories: (15 credits must emphasize non-Western literature—designated with an asterisk*)

National Traditions
Choose 3 courses (9 credits) from the following:

LITS 3050 Classical Tradition
LITS 3051 Medieval Literature
LITS 3052 The Renaissance World
LITS 3053 Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century European Fiction
LITS 3054 Romanticism
LITS 3055 Italian American Experience
LITS 3061 Contemporary World Literature*
LITS 3064 Vietnam in Film and Literature* (1 credit)
LITS 3070 Voices of India *
LITS 3071 Contemporary African Literature and Culture*
LITS
3081 Hispanic Traditions*
LITS 3082 Francophone World*
LITS 3211 Dante
LITS 3214 Shakespeare II
LITS 3215 Cervantes
LITS 3221 Medieval and Renaissance Women Writers

Genres
Choose 3 courses (9 credits) from the following (only 1 course from LITS 3151, 3152, 3153):

LITS 3101 Greek and Roman Drama
LITS 3102 Studies in Drama
LITS 3103 20th-Century Drama
LITS 3104 Contemporary British and American Drama
LITS 3105 Contemporary European Drama
LITS 3106 Contemporary World Drama
LITS 3111 Studies in Poetry
LITS 3112 20th-Century Poetry
LITS 3121 Studies in the Novel
LITS 3122 20th-Century Novel
LITS 3123 Contemporary British and American Fiction
LITS 3125 International Short Story*
LITS 3130 Comedy, Satire, Parody*
LITS 3151 Detective Fiction
LITS 3152 Science Fiction
LITS 3153 Comic Books and Graphic Novels
LITS 3154 Biography and Autobiography
LITS 3155 The Gothic in Fiction and Film
LITS 3156 The Novel in Letters

Topics
Choose 3 courses (9 credits) from the following:

LITS 3302 Myth and Sacred Texts*
LITS 3303 World Folk Literature*
LITS 3304 Holocaust in Literature and Film
LITS 3313 Nobel Literature*
LITS 3321 Post-Modern Literature*
LITS 3322 Post-Colonial Studies*
LITS 3331 Multicultural Voices in America
LITS 3341 Gender and Literature*
LITS 3351 Literary Perspectives on the Environment*
LITS 3352 Music and Poetry

 

Requirements

Literature BA

Students majoring in literature must complete 18 credits of required courses and 21 credits in literature electives.

Literature Minor

The literature minor is for students not majoring in literature. The literature minor consists of 18 credits.

View Literature Minor Requirements