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  • This page outlines the requirements for the major in Literary Studies (BA Literary Studies). In addition to the major, Lang offers a Writing minor and a Literature minor.

    Requirements for the BA in Literary Studies

    Faculty members in Literary Studies regard critical and theoretical writing as a process that is as creative as writing poetry, fiction, and drama. Only specific courses satisfy the major requirements, including electives. In choosing courses to meet requirements, students are encouraged to meet with Carolyn Vellenga Berman for questions about the Literature program and Jim Fuerst for questions about the Writing program.

    Below are the general requirements for the degree in Literary Studies (BA Literary Studies). For specific concentration requirements within the BA, see the Literature Concentration or the Writing Concentration and download the appropriate worksheet below. To see a semester-by-semester example of Writing and Literature tracks for a degree in Literary Studies, check back soon for a sample curricular path document (this PDF is being updated). See the university course catalog for spring 2022 Literary Studies courses that fulfill these requirements. 

    Introductory courses:

    • The Invention of Literature. Either LLST 2003/2004 or LLST 2007 (3-4 credits)
    • Literary Reinvention. Either LLST 2005/2006 or LLST 2008 (3-4 credits)

    Other required courses:

    Senior Capstone:

    • Choose one of the following, by advisement (3-4 credits):
      • Individual Independent Senior Project
      • Senior seminar. NOTE: Starting in 2022-2023, Writing Senior Seminars will be offered only in spring semesters. Students pursuing the Writing concentration should take Advanced courses no earlier than their fifth semester. 

    Total credits: 36-48 

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