Literary Studies Option

Students in the Literary Studies option advance their power to analyze keenly and write incisively by studying leading-edge and foundational literary works in print, graphic and digital forms. Gaining a mastery of aesthetics and genre, literary theory and cultural history, our students learn to see how language shapes the world on every scale. Literary Studies students take an array of literature classes as well as core courses in digital language arts and professional and technical communication, making them just the sort of versatile, critically aware graduates prized in workplaces today.

CORE

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

ENGL 419/429

Introduction to Literary Analysis [Writing Intensive]

4

ENGL 502

Professional & Technical Writing

4

ENGL 595

Digital Creative Writing

4

DEVELOPMENT/ EXTENSION

Choose 3

ENGL 514W

Survey of British Literature

4

ENGL 516

Survey of American Literature

4

ENGL 657

Shakespeare [pre-1800 requirement]

4

LAS 5/6xxs/ENGL 5/6xxs/693s

Courses in literature, literary theory, narrative

 

SPECIALIZATION/

PRACTICE

Choose 2, plus:

  • Capstone
  • Senior Colloquium

ENGL 791

English Grammar

4

LAS 5/6/7xxs/ENGL 5/6/7xxs/797s

Courses in literature, literary theory, narrative

4

ENGL 787

Capstone Course [fall semester]

4

ENGL 797

Variable Topic Senior Colloquium [spring semester]

4

1 literary theory/poetics course required

2 pre-1800 courses required

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

40

To get your B.A. in Literary Arts & Studies: Literary Studies, you’ll complete 128 credits between courses for the UNH Discovery Program and your major. Below is an example of what your four-year course sequence in the Literary Studies option might look like. Courses are subject to change.

  
FIRST YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENGL 419/429 - Introduction to Literary Analysis (INQ) ENGL 502 - Professional & Technical Writing
ENGL 595 - Digital Creative Writing Discovery Quantitative Reasoning Course
ENGL 401 – First Year Writing Discovery Course (with lab)
Discovery Course Discovery Course

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENGL 514W Survey British Literature OR LAS/ENGL 5/600-level Literature Course ENGL 516 - Survey American Literature OR LAS/ENGL 5/600-level Literature Course
LAS 6xx/ENGL 6xx pre-1800 Literature Course Discovery Course
Discovery Course Discovery Course
Foreign Language I Foreign Language II

THIRD YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
LAS 5/6/7xx/ENGL 5/6/7xx pre-1800 Lit Course LAS 6/7xx/ENGL 6/7xx Lit Theory/Poetics Course
Discovery Course Elective Course*
Discovery Course Elective Course*
Elective Course* Elective Course

FOURTH YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENGL 787 - Capstone Course ENGL 797 - Senior Colloquium
Elective Course* Elective Course
Elective Course* Elective Course
Elective Course Elective Course

*We recommend using five electives toward a minor to supplement your degree and broaden your marketability.

Best American Experimental Writing

Each year, two LAS students will have the opportunity to work as editorial assistants for Best American Experimental Writing (BAX), an annual anthology of experimental poetry and prose published by Wesleyan University Press. As one of only twelve "Best American" anthologies in the United States—and the only one explicitly devoted to avant-garde writing—BAX has a very high profile nationally.

In this role, students will broaden their communicative skill-sets and organizational experience by participating in all stages of production. Students will coordinate with authors, copyedit proofs, manage the anthology's social media presence, contribute to sales and submission initiatives, and more.

The Manchester Independent Newspaper

The Manchester Independent is a student-run, university-affiliated, citywide newspaper that covers the news in the Greater Manchester area. Students will be able to contribute to the online/print hybrid publication as editors, reporters, or columnists as part of internship and capstone experiences.

Students will build interviewing and reporting skills, learn to work collaboratively, and get a critical behind-the-scenes view of the opportunities and obstacles involved in urban media coverage.