Literature Option

General Requirements

Admission to the program is contingent upon good academic standing and acceptance by the department.

The department will not accept D transfer credit in the major. Achievement of a C or better in all major courses at Chicago State University is required.

Completion of 120 semester hours of work: 42 hours of General Education consisting of 6 hours of Composition; 6 hours of the same Foreign Language; 3 hours in Mathematics; 9 hours in Social Sciences; 9 hours in Humanities, of which 3 hours must be a Fine Arts course; 9 hours in Mathematics/Physical Science/Life Science/ Computer Science (CPTR 1060); (at least 3 credits from a Physical Science and at least 3 credits from a Life Science, of which one course must have a lab, chosen from: Biol/Chem/CPTR/Math/ Phys/PhSci); 3 credit hours of Critical Thinking, 3 credit hours Diversity, and 3 credit hours Interdisciplinary courses embedded in the preceding courses and selected from a list of approved courses; 51 hours in English; and 24 hours in English electives selected with the departmental advisor’s approval and 3 hours for a university elective; students must also pass the examination on the state and federal constitutions.

Before proceeding to any 4000-level course in literature, an English major in any of the options must have passed the English Qualifying Examination and completed English 2100 and 2260. Literature and Professional and Technical Writing majors must also take Eng 2280 before proceeding to any 4000-level course in literature. English majors in the literature and secondary teaching options must complete at least five 4000-level English courses before graduating.

Specific Requirements:

GENERAL EDUCATION - 42 credit hours

COMPOSITION - 6 credit hours
      ENG 1270 and 1280
NATURAL SCIENCES - 9 credit hours
SOCIAL SCIENCES - 9 credit hours
MATHEMATICS - 3 credit hours
HUMANITIES - 9 credit hours
FOREIGN LANGUAGE (same language) - 6 credit hours

REQUIRED ENGLISH COURSES - 51 credit hours
ENG 2100, 2160, 2190, 2260, 2280, 2330, 2340, 2910 or 2940, 4311, 4316, 4331, 4338, 4327 or 4387, and 4390; students must choose one course from each of the following groups: ENG 4314, 4326, 4342, 4349, 4350, 4351, 4357, or 4358; 2410, 4321, 4322, 4323, 4324, 4332, 4334, or 4370; and 4341, 4345 or 4346.

ELECTIVE COURSES - 24 credit hours

The courses are to be selected from department offerings with the approval of the department academic advisor.

UNIVERSITY ELECTIVE - 3 credit hours

Option 1.

Literary Publishing
ENG 2010, 2020, 2370, or 2540.

Program Objectives

For successful completion of the literature option, students must

  • Be able to write coherent, well-organized exposition in several rhetorical modes using edited American English competently.
  • Understand and be able to use effectively a variety of rhetorical forms and strategies of informative writing and write for a variety of  audiences.
  • Be familiar with the literature and major developments and writers of Great Britain and America.
  • Be familiar with a significant body of literature by American writers of color.
  • Be able to analyze works of literature, understand a variety of critical approaches, and demonstrate an awareness of the characteristic elements and techniques of the various genres.
  • Understand basic elements of language and of language development, history, dialects, and language acquisition.
  • Be able to think critically about issues and articulate varying points of view.
  • Be adept in solving problems involved in research and communication.
  • Be competent in operating word processing programs.
  • Be familiar with professional journals in the discipline.
  • Be familiar with professional organizations and become a participating member of at least one.
  • Be willing and able to identify their own strengths and weaknesses and outline a plan of self-improvement.

Required Courses - Number and Name

1.   2100 WRITING & EDITING NONFICTION (3)
      Prerequisite: Successful completion of English Qualifying Examination 1280

2.   2160 SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE I (3)

3.   2190 SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE II (3)

4.   2260 ELEMENTS OF LITERARY STUDY (3)
      Prerequisite: Successful completion of English Qualifying Examination 1280

5.   2280 CRITICAL STRATEGIES (3)
      Prerequisite: Successful completion of English Qualifying Examination 1280

6.   2330 BRITISH LITERATURE I (3)

7.   2340 BRITISH LITERATURE II (3)

8.   2910 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE I (3)
      or
      2940 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE II (3)

Prerequisite for all 4000-level courses in English: Successful Completion of English Qualifying Exam 1280

9.   4311 SHAKESPEARE (3)

10. 4316 WORLD MASTERPIECES (3)

11. 4327 METHODS & MATERIALS FOR LITERATURE RESEARCH (3)

12. 4331 LITERARY CRITICISM (3)

13. 4338 LANGUAGE (3)

14. 4387 ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS AND PROGRAM OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT (3)

      formerly English 4327

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of the English Qualifying Examination and ENG 2040, 2100,

      2160, 2180, 2260, 2280, 2330, 2340, 2910; consent of the department

15. 4390 WOMEN’S VOICES (3)

16. 4314 VICTORIAN LITERATURE (3)
      or
      4326 STUDIES IN ROMANTIC LITERATURE (3)
      or
      4342 ENGLISH LITERATURE SINCE 1918 (3)
      or
      4349 THE ENGLISH NOVEL (3)
      or
      4350 RESTORATION & EARLY 18TH CENTURY BRITISH (3)
      or
      4351 LATER 18TH CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE (3)
      or
      4357 THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE (3)
      or
      4358 ENGLISH LITERATURE OF THE 17th CENTURY (3)

17. 2410 THIRD WORLD LITERATURE (3)
      or
      4321 BLACK WOMEN WRITERS (3)
      or
      4322 BLACK AMERICAN POETRY (3)
      or
      4323 WRIGHT, ELLISON, AND BALDWIN (3)
      or
      4324 GWENDOLYN BROOKS SEMINAR (3)
      or
      4332 BLACK AMERICAN FICTION (3)
      or
      4334 THE IMAGE OF BLACKS IN AMERICAN PROSE FICTION (3)
      or
      4370 THE AMERICAN ETHNIC EXPERIENCE IN LITERATURE (3)

18. 4341 AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE 1918 (3)
      or
      4345 AMERICAN LITERATURE 1820 - 1865 (3)
      or
      4346 AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1865 - 1918 (3)

19. 4395 INTERNSHIP IN WRITING
      (consent)

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