Within the literature track, we offer classes in a wide variety of periods and genres that begin with a survey of literature through practical criticism and culminate in a senior year seminar that takes a close look at a particular topic in literature. Students in the literature track have the opportunity to take on independent studies, present papers at research conferences (IWU offers both MUSE and the John Wesley Powell Conference), and work toward research honors in their senior year.
The English major with a concentration in literature requires the following sequences of classes:
Students may take this sequence as late as the fall semester of the junior year, providing that a sufficient portion of general education requirements have been met. A minimum of ten course units selected from departmental offerings is required:
For more information on requirements for the literature major, please refer to the University’s catalog or our English Major Checklist.
To declare English Literature as your major, you will need to go to the Registrar’s Office (Holmes Hall 110) and pick up an orange Declaring a Major form. That form will require signatures from both the department (or advisor) for your current major and the English department (English House). You will also need to fill out a pink Declaring the Major form at the English House for record in the English Database.