As a major in Literatures in English, you are required to take two foundation courses. The first is English 202, a seminar focusing on close reading of poems and prose fiction.
The second, English 220, introduces majors to both practical and theoretical issues arising from the study of literature. While continuing to develop your close-reading skills, you’ll consider how texts relate to other kinds of representation (movies, music, television) and the cultures that produce them.
Choosing Other Courses
Besides the two foundation courses, no specific courses are required to complete the major. The department sees, however, that its students need to be aware of a wide range of approaches and topics within the field, and to that end requires majors to take at least five upper-level courses, including one in each of three broad historical periods, and one from each of three major geographical areas (Britain, the U. S., the world).
In the capstone course for the major, the senior seminar, students use the analytical and research skills they’ve developed as English majors to write a long essay. Several senior seminars are offered every year, fitting into the historical and geographical requirements in various ways.
A sampling of our courses
- Alien Beings, Alien Worlds
- Modernism and Its Discontents
- Literature of the Atlantic World
- Bob Dylan
- Race, Nation, and Empire in 18th-Century Britain
- English Novel I & II
- Salman Rushdie & Vladimir Nabokov
- Narratives of Black Travel
- Shakespeare's Brain, Shakespeare's Body
Optional Concentrations: Creative Writing or Race and Ethnicity
Almost all English courses are designated writing-intensive.
In addition, the department offers a Concentration in Creative Writing. Students opting for this concentration take all courses required for the major, as well as courses in writing fiction or poetry taught by the department’s two writers-in-residence. Writing courses include: Seminar in Fiction; Writing of Poetry, Intermediate and Advanced; and Seminar in the Teaching of Writing.
The recently established option, the Concentration in Race and Ethnicity, addresses English-language literature in the context of social and political developments over, approximately, the last three hundred years. Courses include: Literature and Race Criticism, The Literature of Passing, Jews and Moors in Renaissance Drama, West African Literature and Film, and America in Contemporary Black African Literature.
Department of Literatures in English
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196
Department assistant: Diane Pratt