Literary Studies

Literature is the central focus of this concentration. The concentration aims to prepare students for graduate work in English studies or related fields (cultural studies, rhetoric and composition, library and information studies, law, etc.) and for other professions in which critical analysis, close reading and strong writing skills are valued, such as publishing, advertising, journalism, education, business, web-based communications, civil service, and non-profit and higher education administration. The concentration is based on the assumption that such students need a curriculum of breadth over all types and periods of literature and depth in various periods, authors or theoretical approaches. All students in this concentration must take at least one literary interpretation course, one course in American literature, one course in US Ethnic/Postcolonial Literature, one 3000 or 4000 level course focused on pre-1800 literature (in addition to Shakespeare),
and one course in British literature (in addition to Shakespeare).

In addition to the common core (Introduction to Research in Literature and Senior Seminar), students must complete the following:

ANY LEVEL (16 credits, four courses)*

  • LITT xxxx
  • LITT xxxx
  • LITT xxxx
  • LITT xxxx

* One of these courses must be a 2000-level “literary interpretation” course taken at Stockton.
** All students must complete a course in American literature, one course in British literature (in addition to Shakespeare), a course in Ethnic/Postcolonial studies, and the language and culture requirement.
Note: LITT 2412: English Language and Grammar is recommended for students planning to enter the Education program.

UPPER-LEVEL (16 credits, four courses)*

  • LITT 3205 Shakespeare
  • LITT 3xxx or 4xxx
  • LITT 3xxx or 4xxx
  • LITT 3xxx or 4xxx

* One of these 3000 or 4000 level courses must focus on a literature written before 1800 in addition to Shakespeare.

ELECTIVES/COGNATES (24 credits, six courses)

Languages & Culture Studies Requirement: LITT majors must choose one of the following four options to complete the Languages& Cultural Studies Requirement:

  1. Option 1: The student completes the study of one language through the Intermediate II level with a grade of C or better (this normally calls for 4 semesters of study in one language.)
  2. Option 2: The student completes one of the following interdisciplinary cultural studies minors: Africana Studies, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, International Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin and Caribbean Studies, or Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. LITT courses used to satisfy the minor may not be used for the major except as electives/cognates.
  3. Option 3: The student completes one semester of study abroad.
  4. Option 4: The student “tests out” of the Language & Culture Studies requirement by achieving a score of “Intermediate Mid” on the ACTFL oral proficiency exam. For information on testing consult: and

Cognates:  These are courses in other ARHU programs (ARTV, COMM, DANC, HIST, LANG, MUSC, PHIL, THTR) or in closely related disciplines outside ARHU, determined in consultation with program preceptor.  G-courses will not be considered cognates.

Electives can be any additional LITT course.