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Advisor: Dr. Alison Langdon

The English literature concentration at WKU is a dynamic program offering a wide range of courses. Our majors not only build a strong, broad foundation in literature in English (British, American, World), they also have opportunities for in-depth study in literature electives such as "Dante's Divine Comedy," "Southern Literature," and "Mythology" as well as special topics courses such as "Gothic Fiction" and "Literature and the Environment."

In addition to courses offered here at WKU, we offer opportunities to study abroad in far-flung locations such as Cuba, Japan, Italy, and the United Kingdom; closer to home, recent study away courses have traveled to Chicago, New York City, and Oxford, Mississippi.

Through the English Club, literature majors engage in extracurricular activities that include attending public readings and plays or serving as judges for the Goldenrod poetry contest. Our students' talents are showcased in the department's undergraduate scholarly journal, The Ashen Egg, and each year a number of students present their work at local, regional, and even national conferences.

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Literature Major Worksheet / Literature 4-Year Plan

The literature concentration in English (reference number 662) requires a minimum of 40 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor or second major is required.


 Literature Minor Worksheet

The English minor in literature (reference number 406) requires a minimum of 21 semester hours. The minor is designed specifically for English majors* with a concentration in Creative Writing (662CW) or Professional Writing (662PW), or for English for Secondary Teachers (561) majors. English majors with a concentration in literature (662L) cannot take this minor.

Up to six hours of literature courses offered in other departments (e.g., Folk Studies, Library Media Education) may be counted toward the Literature minor with prior approval from the English department.

English majors with a creative writing or professional writing concentration may apply 6 hours of upper-level literature courses in both their major and the minor in literature as long as the combined major and minor include at least 48 unduplicated hours.



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 Last Modified 7/19/18