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Literary Track

The Literary program focuses on language studies, a survey of British and American literature, genre studies, specific historical literature, major literary figures, and advanced studies in linguistics and language. Elective coursework could include courses in professional or creative writing, folklore, film, or comparative literature.

Students in the literary program will learn to read critically, analyze logically, communicate effectively, and build skills and knowledge in their desired area of focus.

Our professors have published novels and articles on a variety of topics that include science fiction, writing, teaching, and Idaho, just to name a few. They bring what they are passionate about into the classroom. ISU features professors from a diverse set of backgrounds and specialties within the literary world.

A student with this degree could be looking for a career in education, writing, counseling, professional development, or law. Our alumni include professors, counselors, attorneys, paralegals, editors, teachers, and marketing directors.

Degree Requirements

Literary majors need to complete all General Education requirements set forth by the university. The General Education requirements can be found here.

In addition to completing the General Education requirements, Literary majors are required to complete 45 credits within the Department of English and Philosophy related to their area of interest. The courses students are required to take for the track are listed below. Students are able to pick from a variety of different disciplines and genres for the Literature and Language Studies components.

Click here to download the English – Literary Option Requirement Worksheet for your records.

Required Courses

  • ENGL 2211 – Introduction to Literary Analysis (3 cr.)

  • ENGL 2280 – Grammar and Usage (3 cr.)
    OR
    ENGL 2281 – Introduction to Language Studies (3 cr.)

  • ENGL 3311 – Writing and Research About Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4491 – Senior Seminar in Literature (3 cr.)

Literature Component

TWO of the following: (Survey Courses )

  • ENGL 2267 – Survey of British Literature I (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 2268 – Survey of British Literature II (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 2277 – Survey of American Literature I (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 2278 – Survey of American Literature II (3 cr.)

ONE of the following: (Genre Studies Courses)

  • ENGL 3321 – Genre Studies in Drama (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 3322 – Genre Studies in Poetry (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 3323 – Genre Studies in Prose Fiction (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 3324 – Genre Studies in Prose Non-Fiction (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 3325 – Special Topics in Genre (3 cr.)

TWO of the following: (Period Courses)

  • ENGL 4461 – Studies in Classical Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4462 – Studies in Medieval Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4463 – Studies in Renaissance Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4464 – Studies in Seventeenth-Century Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4465 – Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4466 – Studies in Early Nineteenth-Century Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4467 – Studies in Late Nineteenth-Century Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4468 – Studies in Early Twentieth-Century Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4469 – Studies in Contemporary Literature (3 cr.) 

ONE of the following: (Major Figure Course)

  • ENGL 4472 – Proseminar in a Major Literary Figure (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4473 – Chaucer (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4474 – Milton (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4476 – Shakespeare (3 cr.)

ONE of the following: (Themes and Identity Courses)

  • ENGL 3328 – Gender in Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 3356 – Ethnicity in Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4453 – American Indian Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4470 – Post-Colonial Literature (3 cr.)

Language Studies Component

ONE of the following:

  • ENGL 4480 – Varieties of American English (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4481 – Studies in Grammar (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4484 – Special Topics in Linguistics (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4485 – Linguistic Analysis (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4486 – Old English (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4487 – History of the English Language (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4488 – Introduction to Sociolinguistics (3 cr.)

Elective Component

An additional 9 credits of English courses, of which at least 6 credits must be upper division courses, are required.

Contact us:
Students who are interested in this track are encouraged to meet with one of our Literary advising faculty to map out a course of study that meets their interests and goals.

Dr. Brian Attebery
Department of English and Philosophy
208-282-2537
Dr. Terry Engebretsen (Meridian Campus)
Department of English and Philosophy
208-373-1826
Dr. Hal Hellwig
Department of English and Philosophy
208-2822610
Dr. Alan Johnson
Department of English and Philosophy
208-2822198
Dr. Thomas Klein
Department of English and Philosophy
208-282-2308
Dr. Roger Schmidt
Department of English and Philosophy
208-282-2374
Dr. Matthew VanWinkle
Department of English and Philosophy
208-2824272
Dr. Curtis Whitaker
Department of English and Philosophy
208-282-2742
Dr. Jessica Winston
Department of English and Philosophy
208-282-2895
Dr. Amanda Zink
Department of English and Philosophy
208-282-2782

For additional information —
Krissy Turner
Administrative Assistant
Department of English and Philosophy
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