Explore the riches of British, American, and world literature, using the tools of literary analysis to delve as deep as your curiosity can take you.

Calvin's literature major allows you to develop a deep and broad understanding of the literary world, past and present. While learning the basic tools of the discipline, delve into almost any period of British, American, or world literature — the middle ages or the Renaissance, the English or American Civil War, the colonial era or civil rights.

Discover ways of thinking and human expression that capture your imagination, force you to laugh, make you think, sober your heart—Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Milton, but also rich topics in literature like gender, ethnicity, and film. Prepare for your career by working at a local internship location such as Zondervan Publishing House, Baker Publishing House, or a Grand Rapids-area law firm.

Course Requirements 2015-2016

(36 semester hours)

  • ENGL-295 Introduction to Studies in English
  • ENGL-330 Hermeneutics and the Study of Literature
  • One from Global Literature:
  • Two from British Literature:
    • ENGL-212 Survey of British Literature I
    • ENGL-295 Introduction to Studies in English
    • ENGL-213 Survey of British Literature II
    • ENGL-214 Survey of British Literature III
    • ENGL-310 British Literature of the Middle Ages
    • ENGL-312 British Literature of the Renaissance and Reformation
    • ENGL-313 British Literature of the Eighteenth Century
    • ENGL-314 British Literature of the Early Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-315 British Literature of the Middle and Later Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-316 British Modernism
    • ENGL-317 Contemporary British and Commonwealth Literature
    • ENGL-337 Major Authors
    • ENGL-338 Shakespeare
    • (one 300-level required, two recommended)
  • Two from American Literature:
    • ENGL-220 Survey of American Literature I
    • ENGL-221 Survey of American Literature II
    • ENGL-225 African American Literature
    • ENGL-226 Ethnicity in American Literature
    • ENGL-320 Literature of the United States I: Settlement to Civil War
    • ENGL-321 Literature of the United States II: Civil War to Great Depression
    • ENGL-322 Literature of the United States III: World War II to Present
    • (one 300-level required, two recommended)
  • One from Language/Writing:
  • One from Genre studies:
  • One from Experiential studies:
  • ENGL-395 Senior Seminar
  • One Elective:
    • ENGL-200 Literature in a Global Context
    • ENGL-202 Russian Literature
    • ENGL-212 Survey of British Literature I
    • ENGL-213 Survey of British Literature II
    • ENGL-214 Survey of British Literature III
    • ENGL-220 Survey of American Literature I
    • ENGL-221 Survey of American Literature II
    • ENGL-225 African American Literature
    • ENGL-226 Ethnicity in American Literature
    • ENGL-230 Understanding Literature
    • ENGL-234 Gender and Literature
    • ENGL-238 Film as a Narrative Art
    • ENGL-299 Special Topics in Literature
    • ENGL-300 Advanced World Literature
    • ENGL-310 British Literature of the Middle Ages
    • ENGL-312 British Literature of the Renaissance and Reformation
    • ENGL-313 British Literature of the Eighteenth Century
    • ENGL-314 British Literature of the Early Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-315 British Literature of the Middle and Later Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-316 British Modernism
    • ENGL-317 Contemporary British and Commonwealth Literature
    • ENGL-320 Literature of the United States I: Settlement to Civil War
    • ENGL-321 Literature of the United States II: Civil War to Great Depression
    • ENGL-322 Literature of the United States III: World War II to Present
    • ENGL-332 The Novel
    • ENGL-333 Poetry
    • ENGL-334 Drama
    • ENGL-335 Genre Study
    • ENGL-337 Major Authors
    • ENGL-338 Shakespeare
    • ENGL-340 Children's Literature
    • ENGL-341 Adolescent Literature
    • or an approved English interim

Only one interim may count toward this major. At least two courses (taken to fulfill a specific requirement or as an elective) must primarily cover American or British literature written before 1800.

A minimum grade of C (2.0) in English 101 or 102 is required both for graduation and as a prerequisite to any concentration in the English Department. The prerequisite for all 300-level English literature courses (300-338) is English 295 or the permission of the instructor. A student may alter any of the recommended English programs with the permission of an academic advisor.

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