Literary Studies, B.A.

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
MTH 121 Bison image Concepts and Applications (CT)3
Critical Thinking Course3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Bison image  Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication3
MTH 121 Bison image  Cap graduation image Concepts and Applications (CT)3
Core II Natural/Physical Science4
Core II Humanities3
Texting the World(CT) (recommended)
Core II Social Science3
Core II Fine Arts3
Additional University Requirements
ENG Writing Intensive3
ENG Writing Intensive3
Multicultural or International3
ENG 499 Bison image Senior Capstone (not offered in summer)3
College-Specific
Foreign Language 1013
Foreign Language 1023
Foreign Language 2033
Foreign Language 2043
COLA Humanities3
COLA Literature3
COLA Literature3
COLA Social Science3
COLA Social Science3
COLA Social Science3
COLA Natural/Physical Science4
COLA International3
COLA Multicultural3
Major-Specific
ENG 350 Cap graduation image Intro to Textual Analysis (must be taken within the first 9 hours of coursework within the major)3
ENG 355 Cap graduation image Intro to Critical Theory (not offered in summer)3
ENG 499 Bison image Senior Capstone (not offered in summer)3
Pre-1800 British Literature; choose from3
Milton (Choose from:)
Shaks Comedy Tragedy & Rom
Chaucer
Shaks Hist & Tragedies
Medieval British Lit
Pre-1914 American Literature; choose from:3
American Lit to 1830
American Lit 1830-1865
American Lit 1865-1914
Individual Author; choose from:3
Milton
Shaks Comedy Tragedy & Rom
Chaucer
Shaks Hist & Tragedies
Studies in Authors or Genre
Literary Studies Electives; choose from:15
Texting the World(CT)
Texting the World (CT)
Appalachian Literature
Good Plays
Good Essays
Literature of Fantasy
Autobiography
Science Fiction
Sports Literature
Good Poems
Intro to Comics
Good Novels
The Political Novel
Postcolonial Literature
Southern Literature
Good Stories
Good Films
Crime and Sensation Literature
Forbidden Literature
African American Literatures
Multicultural Literatures
Women Writers
Intro Digital Literary Studies
Special Topics (when so designated by Chair)
Special Topics (when so designated by Chair)
Special Topics (when so designated by Chair)
Special Topics (when so designated by Chair)
Introduction to Film Studies
Milton
Shaks Comedy Tragedy & Rom
Chaucer
Shaks Hist & Tragedies
19th C British Novel
Victorian Poetry
Victorian Nonfiction
Addiction Literature
American Lit to 1830
American Lit 1830-1865
American Lit 1865-1914
American Literature after 1914
Studies in Authors or Genre
International Literature
Multicultural Identities (MC)
Young Adult Literature
Contemporary Literature
20th C Brit & Irish Poetry
20th C American Poetry
Modernism
Medieval British Lit
Selected Topics in Film
Gender and Sexuality in Film
British Romantic Poets
World Lit to Renaissance
World Lit Since Renaissance
Advanced Critical Theory
Teaching Creative Writing
Form/Theory: Creative Writing
Special Topics (when so designated by the chair)
Special Topics (when so designated by the chair)
Special Topics (when so designated by the chair)
Special Topics (when so designated by the chair)
Independent Study (when so designated by the chair)
Independent Study (when so designated by chair)
Independent Study (when so designated by chair)
Independent Study (when so designated by chair)
English Elective (choose from any 200-, 300-, or 400-level ENG class)3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective1

Major Information

  • The total number of free electives will depend on the amount of double and triple counting of requirements. Core II and COLA requirements may not be double counted.
  • See course attributes each semester for courses that meet multiple requirements.
  • Questions about requirements should be directed to your English Department advisor (304-696-6600) or to the College of Liberal Arts (304-696-2350).
  • Forty-eight credit hours (sixteen 3-hour courses) must be at the 300/400 level.
  • Students must earn a C or better in ENG 201 Advanced Composition, all ENG courses for the major, and all foreign language courses.
  • Minimum of 120 hours to graduate.
  • No more than six hours of 200-level may count toward the BA degree in Literary Studies.
  • Literary Studies majors who carefully select courses can earn a double major in Creative Writing by taking only 4 additional Creative Writing classes. Meet with your advisor to plan your choices.

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Four Year Plan

A Literary Studies degree can give you the critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills you’ll need for success in this quick and quickly-changing world. Our program is flexible, so you can pursue a wide range of interests. Our courses give you the ability to think differently, to expand on and augment the ideas and work made in all fields, not just literature. Where you go from here is up to you (though we’ve got some ideas for you). But our courses are designed to hone not just your writing, but your thinking skills, too. Our faculty and staff are dedicated. All this to say, really, we plan on preparing you for a successful professional life as well as an invaluable way of thinking, about everything.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition 3
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
Core II Social Science 3
COLA Social Science 3
CMM 103 Bison image  Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
Core II Humanities 3
Texting the World(CT) (recommended)  
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition 3
Core I Critical Thinking 3
MTH 121 Bison image  Cap graduation image Concepts and Applications (CT) 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
ENG 350 Cap graduation image Intro to Textual Analysis 3
Core II Physical/Natural Science 4
Foreign Language 101 3
ENG COLA Literature: Literary Studies 3
ENG COLA Literature: Literary Studies 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ENG 355 Cap graduation image Intro to Critical Theory 3
COLA Humanities 3
ENG Literary Studies (400) 3
Foreign Language 102 3
COLA Physical/Natural Science 4
 Credit Hours16
Third Year
First Semester
Select one of the following Pre-1914 American Literature courses: 3
American Lit to 1830  
American Lit 1830-1865  
American Lit 1865-1914  
Select one of the following Individual Author courses: 3
Milton  
Shaks Comedy Tragedy & Rom  
Chaucer  
Shaks Hist & Tragedies  
Studies in Authors or Genre  
COLA Social Science 3
Foreign Language 203 3
ENG Literary Studies (300/400) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENG Literary Studies (300/400) 3
Select one of the following Pre-1800 British Literature courses: 3
Milton  
Shaks Comedy Tragedy & Rom  
Chaucer  
Shaks Hist & Tragedies  
Medieval British Lit  
COLA Social Science 3
Foreign Language 204 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
ENG English Elective (300/400) 3
COLA International 3
COLA Multicultural 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENG 499 Bison image Senior Capstone (C) 3
Multicultural/International 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours120