The Literature Option

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

Sandra Stanley 
Associate Chair (Interim Fall 2020)
Email: sandra.stanley@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 Map.

Lower Division Required Courses (9 units)

  • ENGL 258 Major English Writers I 
  • ENGL 259 Major English Writers II 
  • ENGL 275 Major American Writers

Upper Division Required Courses (30 units)

A. Critical Writing (3 units)

  • ENGL 355 Writing About Literature

B. Literary Theory (3 units)

  • ENGL 436 Major Critical Theories

C. Literatures of Cultural Diversity (3 units)

Select one of the following:

  • ENGL 311 African-American Writing
  • ENGL 314 North American Indian Literature
  • ENGL 368 Gay Male Writers
  • ENGL 369 Lesbian Writers
  • ENGL 371 Issues in Jewish-Am Writing
  • ENGL 431 Images of Women in Literature
  • ENGL 433 Women Authors
  • ENGL 434 19th-Century Women Novelists
  • ENGL 487 Latino/a Literature

*Consult an advisor for courses in other areas such as Asian Am and Chicano/a lit that may also satisfy this requirement.

D. British Literature (9 units)

Select one course from the following:

  • ENGL 414 Chaucer
  • ENGL 416 Shakespeare, Selected Plays
  • ENGL 417 Shakespeare Survey
  • ENGL 418 English Dramas to 1642
  • ENGL 443 English Literature of the Middle Ages
  • ENGL 449 The English RenaissanceSelect one course from the following:
  • ENGL 419 English Drama 1660-1880
  • ENGL 420 Milton
  • ENGL 452 17th Century Literature
  • ENGL 456 The Age of Enlightenment
  • ENGL 466 Major British Novelists ISelect one course from the following:
  • ENGL 458 The Romantic Age
  • ENGL 460 The Victorian Age
  • ENGL 467 Major British Novelists IIE. American Literature before 1912 (3 units)

Select one course from the following:

  • ENGL 473 American Literature 1607-1860
  • ENGL 474 American Literature 1860-1912
  • ENGL 477 Major American Novelists I: 19th Century

F. Twentieth Century Literature (6 units)

Select two courses from the following:

  • ENGL 427 Drama, Ibsen to the Present
  • ENGL 461 Modern British Literatures
  • ENGL 462 Contemporary British Lit
  • ENGL 463A Modern Poetry
  • ENGL 463B Contemporary Poetry
  • ENGL 468 Major British Novelists III
  • ENGL 475 American Lit 1912-1945
  • ENGL 476 Contemporary American Lit
  • ENGL 478 Major American Novelists II: 20th Century

G. Senior Seminar (3 units)

  • ENGL 495 Senior Seminar in Literature

Upper Division Electives (9 units)

English 300, 305, 316, and 364 are not permitted as electives in this option.

Total Units in the Major Option I: (48)

General Education (49 units)

To meet the 52-unit GE requirement, students may double count 3 units from the lower division major requirements (258, 259, 275) for both GE-Humanities and for the major.

Title V (6 units)

Additional Units (17 units)*

*Additional units may vary according to the individual student’s program. Students majoring in English are encouraged to take a foreign language as part of their college program.

Total Units Required for the Degree: 120

Last Revised: January 2004