Bachelor of Arts/Science in English - Literary Studies Emphasis

The Bachelor of Arts / Science in English with a Literary Studies emphasis has five basic components:

  1. General Education and Institutional Requirements
  2. Foreign Language Requirement (Bachelor of Arts only)
  3. Core Discipline Requirements
  4. Emphasis Requirements
  5. Electives: college-level courses from any prefix to meet Graduation Requirements

General Education & Institutional Requirements

All DSU General Education & Institutional Requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
Complete a 1020 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
2. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher) in a language not currently taught at DSU
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional DSU admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to DSU but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16

General Education Foreign Language Classes may be found on the General Education page.

Core Discipline Requirements
ENGL 1410Elements of Grammar3
ENGL 2600Critical Introduction to Literature3
ENGL 3030Advanced College Writing3
ENGL 3220Multi-Ethnic American Lit3
ENGL 3810History and Structure of the English Language3
ENGL 4700Senior Capstone3
ENGL 2400American Lit Before 18653
or ENGL 2410 American Lit After 1865
ENGL 2500British Literature Before 18003
or ENGL 2510 British Literature After 1800
Emphasis Requirements
ENGL 3230Literature and Culture3
ENGL 3400World Literature3
ENGL 3510Shakespeare3
ENGL 3600Literary Theory3
Complete one Genre Studies course:
ENGL 3201Genre Studies: Folklore3
ENGL 3202Genre Studies: Poetry3
ENGL 3203Genre Studies: Novels3
Complete one Period/Topic Studies course:
ENGL 3211Period Studies: Victorian Lit3
ENGL 3212Period/Topic: Crime Fiction & Film Noir3
ENGL 3213Period/Topic Western Amer Lit3
ENGL 3214Period/Topic Studies: Realism/Modernism3
ENGL 3215Period/Topic Studies: Gender in Literature3
ENGL 3216Depictions of the Holocaust in Literature & Film3
Complete one Major Authors course:
Major American Authors
ENGL 3260Major American Authors3
ENGL 3261Major Authors: Major American Women Authors3
ENGL 3262Major Authors: Major African American Authors3
Major British Authors
ENGL 3270Major British Authors3
ENGL 3271Major British Authors: Milton3
Major World Authors
ENGL 3280Major World Authors3
ENGL 3281Major World Authors: Postcolonial3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each Core Discipline and Emphasis course.

Graduation Plan

1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 1001FYE: English/Humanities1
ENGL 2400
or 2500
American Lit Before 1865
British Literature Before 1800
Foreign Language (Beginning I)4
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3
LIB 1010Information Literacy1
MATH 1000Transitional Mathematics II3
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
ENGL 2600Critical Introduction to Literature3
ENGL 1410Elements of Grammar3
Foreign Language (Beginning II)4
General Education (Math)3-4
 Term Hours16-17
2nd Year
Fall Semester
ENGL 320x Genre Studies3
General Education (Exploration)3
General Education (Fine Arts)3
Foreign Language (Intermediate I)4
CIS 1200Computer Literacy3
 Term Hours16
Spring Semester
ENGL 2410
or 2510
American Lit After 1865
British Literature After 1800
ENGL 321x Period/Topic Studies3
General Education (American Institutions)3
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences)3
Foreign Language (Intermediate II)4
 Term Hours16
3rd Year
Fall Semester
ENGL 3230Literature and Culture3
ENGL 3220Multi-Ethnic American Lit3
General Education (Global and Cultural Perspectives/not ENGL course)3
ENGL 3030Advanced College Writing3
General Education (Life Sciences/Lab optional)3-4
 Term Hours15-16
Spring Semester
General Education (Physical Sciences/Lab optional)3-4
Elective (any course)3
ENGL 3810History and Structure of the English Language3
Elective (Any upper-division course)3
ENGL 3400World Literature3
 Term Hours15-16
4th Year
Fall Semester
Elective (Any upper-division Course)3
Elective (Any upper-division Course)3
ENGL 3600Literary Theory3
ENGL 326x-328x Major Authors3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
ENGL 4700Senior Capstone3
Elective (Any course)3
Elective (Any course)3
ENGL 3510Shakespeare3
 Term Hours12
Total Hour: 120-123