The Literature Option

The Literature Option focuses on analytical reading of British and American Literature. For further information, contact:

Colleen Tripp 
Associate Chair

Email: colleen.tripp@csun.edu


English studies provides a good academic foundation for radio and television broadcasting, editing, writing, politics, film and library work, journalism, criticism, advertising, public information, public relations, teaching and technical writing. Studies show that English as a pre-professional major is valuable preparation for future careers in law, medicine, business, and federal service.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

In pursuing their major, students are encouraged to follow our Degree Road Maps:

Lower Division Required Courses (9 units)

Upper Division Required Courses (30 units)

A. Critical Writing (3 units)

B. Literary Theory (3 units)

C. Literatures of Cultural Diversity (3 units)

Select one of the following:

*Consult an advisor for current courses in other areas, such as Asian American literature, Central American literature, Chicana and Chicano literature and Pan African or African American literature that also may satisfy this requirement.

D. British Literature (9 units)

Select one course from the following:

Select one course from the following:

Select one course from the following:

E. American Literature (6 units)

Select one course from the following:

F. Twentieth Century Literature (6 units)

Select two courses from the following:

G. Senior Seminar (3 units)

Upper Division Electives (9 units)

Select any upper division courses except ENGL 305.

General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog, including 3 units of coursework meeting the Ethnic Studies (ES) graduation requirement.

3 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: ENGL 258 or ENGL 259 or ENGL 275 satisfies C2 Humanities.

If taken, ENGL 306ENGL 313 or ENGL 315 satisfies E Lifelong Learning; ENGL 311 or ENGL 371 satisfies 3 units of upper division F Comparative Cultural Studies and fulfills the Information Competence requirement.

Students majoring in English are encouraged to take a foreign language as part of their college program.

Total Units in the Major Option: (48)

General Education Units: 45

Additional Units: 27

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120

Updated July 2021