The Literature Option offers a collaborative learning experience through the reading and discussion of ground-breaking books. Seminars focus on the meaning of these works for past readers and the experience of reading together in our own contemporary moment.

Program Learning Goals

English Literature Requirements

General Requirements: Students majoring in English must complete a total of 39 hours in English (composition courses ENG 1010, 1020, and 2030 do not count toward the English Major). None of the required 39 hours may be taken Pass/Fail. Only courses completed with a grade of C- (1.7) or better may be counted toward the major. Twenty-seven (27) hours must be earned in upper-division courses. A minimum of 15 upper-division (3000-level and above) ENGL credit hours must be taken with CU Denver English faculty.

Note: While students need only 39 hours to complete the major, they may not count more than 56 hours in the department toward graduation. Double majors in English and English Writing are exempt from the 56-hour rule and must complete 63 hours total for both majors.

Advanced Standing: CLEP and AP credit will not count toward the English Major or the English Writing Major. Such credit may apply toward the College writing requirement (ENGL 1020 and 2030) or be counted as general electives. Check with CLAS Advising for details.

Minors: The English Department also offers a minor in English Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology. Courses counted in a minor cannot be counted toward the major.

Honors Program: Latin Honors may be earned by participating in the department’s Honors Program. You are encouraged to begin the program in your junior year. The program requires additional coursework and affords you the opportunity to work individually with the professor of your choice. Guidelines are available in the English office.

Internships: Internships are available to students who have completed over 60 credit hours; for information, contact The Experiential Learning Center at 303-315-7258 in the Tivoli, Suite 260. Internships count as upper-division electives.

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I. General Requirements (9 credit hours - 3 courses)

A. Lower-division Elective (3 credit hours - 1 course)

  • ENGL 1601 Storytelling: Literature, Film, & Television
  • ENGL 2600 Literary Classics

B. Required Courses

  • ENGL 2450 Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 3001 Critical Writing
II. Area Requirements (24 credit hours - 8 courses)
A. Before 1650 (6 credit hours - 2 courses) 
  • ENGL 4500 Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 4510 Whores and Saints: Medieval Women
  • ENGL 4730 Chaucer
  • ENGL 3661 Shakespeare
  • ENGL 4520 English Renaissance
  • Any 4000 Major Author before 1650
  • Any 3330 or 4770 Topic before 1650

B. 1650-1900 (6 credit hours - 2 courses)

  • ENGL 3700 American Literature to the Civil War
  • ENGL 4200 Survey of the English Novel to 1900
  • ENGL 4300 History of British Drama
  • ENGL 4530 Milton
  • ENGL 4540 Restoration and the Eighteenth Century
  • ENGL 4560 English Romanticism
  • ENGL 4580 The Victorian Age
  • Any 4000 Major Author between 1650-1900
  • Any 3330 or 4770 Topic between 1650-1900

C. American Literature (3 credit hours - 1 course)

  • ENGL 3700 American Literature to the Civil War
  • ENGL 3750 American Literature after the Civil War
  • ENGL 4166 History of American Poetry
  • ENGL 4230 The American Novel
  • ENGL 4236 The American Short Story
  • ENGL 4350 History of American Drama
  • Any 4000 Major Author American Literature
  • Any 3330 or 4770 Topic American Literature

D. Modern Literature and Culture (9 credit hours - 3 courses)

  • ENGL 3480 Modern Drama
  • ENGL 3750 American Literature after the Civil War
  • ENGL 4250 Twenieth-Century Fiction
  • ENGL 4460 Contemporary World Literature
  • ENGL 4600 Modernism
  • Any 4000 Major Author after 1900*
  • Any 3330 or 4770 Topic after 1900*
  • Any 3000-4000 level ENGL Film Course*
  • Any ENGL Feminist Theory or Women's Literature Course*
  • Any ENGL Ethnic Literature Course*
  • Any ENGL Identity Course (e.g. LGBT Lit, Queer Theory)*

III. Required Electives (6 credit hours - 2 courses)

  • ENGL any level
  • ENGL any level

*Any of these courses can be taken more than once if the topic/title differs.

To complete the major: 39 hours