The English literature concentration at WKU is a dynamic program offering a wide range of courses. Our majors not only build a strong, broad foundation in literatures in English (British, American, World), they also have opportunities for in-depth study in literature electives such as "Dante's Divine Comedy," "Southern Literature," and "Mythology" as well as special topics courses such as "Gothic Fiction" and "Literature and the Environment."
In addition to courses offered here at WKU, we offer opportunities to study abroad in far-flung locations such as Cuba, Japan, Italy, and the United Kingdom; closer to home, recent study away courses have traveled to Chicago, New York City, and Oxford, Mississippi.
Through the English Club, literature majors engage in extracurricular activities that include attending public readings and plays or serving as judges for the Goldenrod poetry contest. Our students' talents are showcased in the department's undergraduate scholarly journal, The Ashen Egg, and each year a number of students present their work at local, regional, and even national conferences.
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Major in English: Literature
The literature concentration in English (reference number 662) requires a minimum of 40 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor or second major is required.
For students arriving before fall of 2017, please use the English: Literature Advising Worksheet containing the OLD major requirements.
For students beginning fall of 2017, please use the English: Literature Advising Worksheet containing the NEW major requirements.
View the English: Literature 4 Year Plan for a sample of how to graduate in 4 years with an English degree in literature.
Check out our Current Students page for extracurricular activities, scholarships, special events, and more!
Check out our Career Opportunities page to see careers you can pursue with an English degree!
Minor in Literature
The English minor in literature (reference number 406) requires a minimum of 21 semester hours. The minor is designed specifically for English majors* with a concentration in Creative Writing (662CW) or Professional Writing (662PW), or for English for Secondary Teachers (561) majors. English majors with a concentration in literature (662L) cannot take this minor.
Up to six hours of literature courses offered in other departments (e.g., Folk Studies, Library Media Education) may be counted toward the Literature minor with prior approval from the English department.
English majors with a creative writing or professional writing concentration may apply 6 hours of upper-level literature courses in both their major and the minor in literature as long as the combined major and minor include at least 48 unduplicated hours.
Please use the Literature Minor Advising Worksheet.
*Non-English majors who wish to minor in English must complete the English minor (reference number 359).
Students who are members of the University Honors College and, indeed, all English majors and minors with a GPA of 3.2 or higher are welcome to participate in our English Honors classes.