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    Literature and Critical Analysis Chair
    Juan De Castro
    Professor, Literary Studies
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    Jennifer Firestone
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    Associate Professor, Literary Studies
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    Literature and Critical Analysis Departmental Faculty Advisor
    Juan De Castro
    Professor, Literary Studies
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    Albert Mobilio
    Associate Professor, Literary Studies
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    Literature and Critical Analysis Capstone Coordinator 
    Julie Napolin
    Associate Professor, Digital Humanities
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    Writing Capstone Coordinator 
    Wendy Xu
    Assistant Professor, Writing
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    Chris McElderry
    Assistant Director of Student Success Advising at Lang
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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 and Critical Analysis 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 Juan De Castro for questions about the Literature and Critical Analysis program and Jennifer Firestone 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 and Critical Analysis 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 fall 2024 Literary Studies courses that fulfill these requirements. 

    Introductory courses:

    • Choose 2 of the following courses:
      • Literary Inventions—either LLST 2003/2004 or LLST 2007 (3–4 credits)
      • Literary Reinvention—either LLST 2005/2006 or LLST 2008 (3–4 credits)
      • LLSL 2002 Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism (3–4 credits)

    Other required courses:

    Senior Capstone:

    • Choose 1 of the following, by advisement (3–4 credits):
      • Individual Independent Senior Project
      • Senior seminar for chosen concentration. NOTE: Starting in 2022–2023, Literature and Critical Analysis Senior Seminars and 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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