Minimum GPA for Admission: 2.75 within all English courses (other than ENGL 1010 , ENGL 2010 , CLEP, AP, etc.); 2.75 USU cumulative (including courses taken for another USU major); 2.75 career total (including transfer credits) for new transfer students
Minimum GPA for Graduation: 2.75 within major courses; 2.0 USU cumulative; 2.0 career total
Minimum Grade Accepted: C within major courses (no grades of pass/fail)
Number of required credits:42
The Literature emphasis combines the pleasures of reading fiction, poetry, and drama with the practices of communication, reasoning, and research.
Literature students will learn to be skilled writers, clear speakers, and critical thinkers. They can solve problems both logically and creatively, both independently and in teams. Graduates will thus be well prepared to pursue their individual goals in a wide variety of educational and professional paths. They can also look forward to a lifetime of intellectual curiosity and cultural enrichment.
ENGL 2600 is the introductory course in Literary Analysis, which teaches students to read texts closely, to draw connections between form and content, to make interpretative claims, and to write persuasive arguments.
At the 3000 level, the courses in Literary History teach students to draw connections between literature and its historical context, and to read texts in conversation with one another. Together, these courses give students a broad knowledge of British, American, and World literary history.
At the 4000 level, repeatable courses in Authors and Genres invite students to slice up the field of literature in other ways, by studying the work of particular authors and the evolution of specific genres. The Shakespeare requirement ensures that students share a common core of literary knowledge.
ENGL 5300 is a repeatable Special Topics course, which brings together diverse literary texts in imaginative ways, encouraging students to think across historical, biographical, and generic boundaries. ENGL 5310 is a repeatable course on Contemporary Literature, in which students bring literary history up to the present day.
The emphasis includes 9 elective credits: one additional literature course and two additional English courses in any emphasis. Students may devote three of these credits to an internship that combines their academic skills with their professional interests.