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New Online English Language and Literature Major

The Language and Literature program will be launching our exciting new online major beginning in Fall 2021. Like our face-to-face program, the Online English Language and Literature Major can be completed in 2 years. The program will broaden your knowledge of literary history and traditions, develop your understanding of different cultures, and introduce you to brilliant works of literature and poetics. The program is an especially good fit for students interested in transnational and cross-cultural approaches to literary studies. Our inclusive and innovative curriculum offers a broad selection of courses that cross national borders, genres, and cultures, while emphasizing diverse and minoritized voices. 

Drawing on our background in online teaching and digital humanities, our online courses are accessible with asynchronous content, yet foster community among our students who create rich projects with digital tools like Twine, join lively group discussions, and meet with faculty in virtual office hours. This degree will prepare you with essential skills in persuasive communication, analytical reasoning, creative thinking, and emotional intelligence that are most in demand by employers in a variety of professional fields: teaching, training, writing, publishing, law, research, business, and government, among more.  

Our faculty comprises excellent teacher-scholars who care deeply about working closely with you, our students. We actively publish and present scholarship at conferences on topics ranging from maritime monsters in Shakespeare to current portraits of the US borderlands, as well as editing for publications like the Journal of Intercultural Studies and the International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. We have unique strengths in transpacific and transatlantic literatures, gender and sexuality studies, and ethnic studies that help us connect our courses to real-world issues. Further, we closely mentor students in research, writing, career professionalization, and preparation for graduate study. We’re excited for you to join us as part of our new cohort of online majors!

Please reach out to Dr. Sarah Sillin or Dr. M. O’Brien with questions about this exciting new program.

Questions? Please contact temporary Academic Advisor Mark Meister.

Apply here!

Course of Study 

Required Courses – Credits: 27 

  • ENG 302 – Poetry and Poetics (5) 
  • ENG 303 – Principles of English Studies (5) 
  • ENG 320 – English Grammar (5) 
  • ENG 418 – Literary and Critical Theory (5) 
  • ENG 420 – English Linguistics (5) 
  • ENG 489 – Senior Colloquium Credits: (2) 

Select one literary forms course - Credits: 5 

  • ENG 380 – Studies in Drama (5) 
  • ENG 453 – Studies in Fiction (5) 
  • ENG 454 – Studies in Nonfiction (5) 
  • ENG 455 – Studies in Poetry (5) 

Select two literature and history courses - Credits: 10 

  • ENG 363 – Shakespeare (5) 
  • ENG 371 – Literature and History I (5) 
  • ENG 372 – Literature and History II (5) 
  • ENG 373 – Literature and History III (5) 
  • ENG 374 – Literature and History IV (5) 

Select one critical studies course (American, World, and British) - Credits: 5 

  • ENG 415 – Critical Studies in American Literature (5) 
  • ENG 417 – Critical Studies in World Literature (5) 
  • ENG 419 – Critical Studies in British Literature (5) 

Select three literature and culture courses - Credits: 15 

  • ENG 329 – Cultural Studies in Literature (5) 
  • ENG 330 – African American Literature (5) 
  • ENG 331 – Latina/o Literature (5) 
  • ENG 332 – American Indian Literature (5) 
  • ENG 333 – Asian American Literature (5) 
  • ENG 334 – American Indian Oral and Nonfiction Literature (5) 
  • ENG 335 – Women’s Literature (5) 
  • ENG 336 – Race and Literature (5) 
  • ENG 337 – LGBTQ+ Literature (5) 
  • ENG 347 – Global Perspectives in Literature (5) 

Department-Approved Electives - Credits: 10 

  • Select 10 credits of English literature, language, or writing course. Elective credits may be taken from any English literature or language course at the 300 level or above. One 200-level course (up to 5 credits) may be counted as an elective. 

Total Credits: 72

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to: 

  • Understand and be able to articulate orally and in writing how literature is contextualized historically. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the range of literary perspectives, conventions, and forms. 
  • Understand and be able to articulate orally and in writing how literature is contextualized culturally. 
  • Demonstrate their writing competence by successfully meeting the rhetorical needs of situations requiring the application of a variety of genres and styles. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of literary critical theories. 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in research methodologies 
  • Demonstrate a functional knowledge of grammar and linguistics 

Online Language & Literature Major - Program Pathway Year 1 (AY 2021/22)

Fall 2021 (15 credits)

  • ENG 302 Poetry and Poetics (5 credits)
  • ENG 337 LGBTQ+ Literature (5 credits)
  • ENG 420 English Linguistics (5 credits)

Winter 2022 (15 credits)

  • ENG 303 Principles of Eng. Studies (5 credits)
  • ENG 320 English Grammar (5 credits)
  • ENG 347 Global Perspectives in Literature (5 credits) - recommended

Spring 2022 (10 credits) 

  • ENG 363 Shakespeare (5 credits)
  • ENG 331 Latina/o Literature (5 credits)

Total: 40 credits

Online Language & Literature Major - Program Pathway Year 2 (AY 2022/23)

(Take TWO of the below electives)

Fall 2022 (10 credits)

  • ENG 333 Asian American Literature (5)
  • ENG 455 Studies in Poetry (5)
  • ENG 456 Studies in Rhetoric (5) - elective

Winter 2023 (10 credits)

  • ENG 329 Cultural Studies in Literature (5) - elective
  • ENG 418 Literary and Critical Theory (5)
  • ENG 489 Senior Colloquium (2)

Spring 2023 (12 credits) 

  • ENG 374 Literature & History IV (5)
  • ENG 415 Critical Studies in American Literature (5)
  • ENG 417 Critical Studies in World Literature (5) - elective

Total: 32 credits

Other online options without reserve seats for online Language & Literature Majors:

Fall 2021

  • ENG 263 Intro to Creative Writing (5)
  • ENG 303 Principles of Eng. Studies (5)
  • ENG 323 Writing & Editing for Publ. (5)
  • ENG 364 Fiction Writing (5)
  • ENG 454 Studies in Nonfiction (5*)

Winter 2022

  • ENG 301 Rhetoric for Professional Writers (5)
  • ENG 489 Senior Colloquium (2)
  • ENG 365 Poetry Writing (5)
  • ENG 465 Advanced Poetry Writing (5)
  • ENG 315 Visual Rhetoric and Document Design (5)
  • ENG 453 Studies in Fiction (5*)

Spring 2022 

  • ENG 263 Intro to Creative Writing (5)
  • ENG 489 Senior Colloquium (2)
  • ENG 366 Creative Nonfiction Writing (5)
  • ENG 464 Advanced Fiction Writing (5)
  • ENG 468 Contemporary Writer's Colloquium (5)
  • ENG 474 Professional Writing with New Media (5)
  • ENG 493 Online Writing Practicum (3-5 credits)

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