English Major - Literature Sequence
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
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:
English 280 Understanding Literature
- Two or three lower division courses
- One course must be from 220-272
- One or two additional courses from the following:
- Five or six additional courses in literature at the 300/400 level. At least one course
must be pre-1830 literature (341-344, 366, 391, 393-394)
English 480 Senior Seminar
- Students may either substitute one unit of writing taken at the 100/200 level for
2b above, or students may substitute one unit of writing at the 300/400 level for
one course from 3 above, excluding the pre-1830 requirement
For more information on requirements for the literature major, please refer to the
University’s catalog or our English Major Checklist.
Declaring the English Literature major
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. You will also need to fill out a pink Declaring the Major
form at the English House for record in the English Database.