Program: B.A., English

Literature Option

Program Description

The undergraduate English major (consisting of five options: Literature, Creative Writing, Subject Matter, FYI and JYI, and Honors) is designed for students who desire to concentrate in a specific field under the broader category of English. Students are required to choose one of these options at the time they declare their English major. For further information concerning the choice of options or related career opportunities for those with a B.A. in English, see an English department advisor.

The Literature option focuses on the analytical reading of British and American literature.

Program Requirements

1. Lower Division Required Courses (9 units)

ENGL 258 British Literature from the Middle Ages to the Early Age of Empire (3)
ENGL 259 British Literature from the Early Age of Empire to the Present (3)
ENGL 275 Survey of U.S. Literature (3)

2. Upper Division Required Courses (30 units)

a. Critical Writing (3 units)

ENGL 355 Writing About Literature (3)

b. Literary Theory (3 units)

ENGL 436 Major Critical Theories (3)

c. Literatures of Cultural Diversity (3 units)

Select one course from the following:

AIS 318/ENGL 318 American Indian Literature (3)
ENGL 311 African American Literature (3)
ENGL 368 Gay Male Writers (3)
ENGL 369 Lesbian Writers (3)
ENGL 371 Issues in Jewish-American Writing (3)
ENGL 431 Images of Women in Literature (3)
ENGL 433 Women Authors (3)
ENGL 434 19th Century Women Novelists (3)
ENGL 487 Latina/o/x Literatures of the Americas (3)

Consult an advisor for current courses in other areas, such as Asian American literature, Central American literature, Chicana and Chicano literature and Pan African or African American literature that also may satisfy this requirement.

d. British Literature (9 units)

Select one course from the following:

ENGL 414 Chaucer (3)
ENGL 416 Shakespeare: Selected Plays (3)
ENGL 417 Shakespeare: A Survey (3)
ENGL 418 English Drama to 1642 (3)
ENGL 443 English Literature of the Middle Ages (3)
ENGL 449 The English Renaissance (3)

Select one course from the following:

ENGL 419 English Drama 1660-1880 (3)
ENGL 420 Milton (3)
ENGL 452 17th Century Literature (3)
ENGL 456 Age of Revolutions (3)
ENGL 466 Major British Novelists I: 1700-1815 (3)

Select one course from the following:

ENGL 458 Romanticism, Revolution, and Rights (3)
ENGL 460 Literatures of the British Empire in the Victorian Age (3)
ENGL 467 British Novels of the 19th Century (3)

e. American Literature to 1912 (3 units)

Select one course from the following:

ENGL 473 American Literature: 1607-1860 (3)
ENGL 474 American Literature: 1860-1912 (3)
ENGL 477 Major American Novelists I: The 19th Century (3)

f. 20th Century Literature (6 units)

Select two courses from the following:

ENGL 427 Drama from Ibsen to the Present (3)
ENGL 461 Modernism in Britain (3)
ENGL 462 Contemporary British Literature (3)
ENGL 463A Modern Poetry (3)
ENGL 463B Contemporary Poetry (3)
ENGL 468 Major British Novelists III: 1900 to the Present (3)
ENGL 475 American Literature: 1912-1945 (3)
ENGL 476 Contemporary American Literature (3)
ENGL 478 Major American Novelists II: The 20th Century (3)

g. Senior Seminar (3 units)

ENGL 495 Senior Seminar in Literature (3)

3. Upper Division Electives (9 units)

Select any upper division courses except ENGL 305.

4. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog, including 3 units of coursework meeting the Ethnic Studies (ES) graduation requirement.

3 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: ENGL 258 or ENGL 259 or ENGL 275 satisfies C2 Humanities.

If taken, ENGL 322 satisfies upper division C2 Humanities; ENGL 306, ENGL 313 or ENGL 315 satisfies E Lifelong Learning; ENGL 311 or ENGL 371 satisfies 3 units of upper division F Comparative Cultural Studies and fulfills the Information Competence requirement.

Students majoring in English are encouraged to take a foreign language as part of their college program.

Total Units in the Major/Option: 48

General Education Units: 45

Additional Units: 27

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120


Department of English
Chair: Tim Black
Sierra Tower (ST) 708
(818) 677-3431

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical reading skills.
  2. Demonstrate effective writing skills.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of creative, literary, linguistic and/or rhetorical theories.
  4. Analyze British and American cultural, historical and literary texts.
  5. Analyze culturally diverse texts.

ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps

Students who have graduated with a verified Associate Degree for Transfer and have been admitted to a CSUN program that has been deemed similar will be able to complete the baccalaureate degree within 60 semester units. For additional information, see ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps.

English/Literature Option - AA-T in English (2023-Present)

English/Literature Option - AA-T in Global Studies (2023-Present)

English/Literature Option - AA-T in Social Justice Studies (2023-Present)

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