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.

In addition to the common core (Literary Interpretation, Introduction to Research in Literature and Senior Seminar, which all must be taken at Stockton), students must complete the following:

All students in this concentration must take at least one course in each of the following three periods:


Students must also take at least one Gender and Sexuality Studies literature course, one Ethnic/Postcolonial literature course, and one Applications or Approaches literature course.

All of these courses may be taken at the 2000 or 3000 level to fulfill the Any Level and Upper Level requirements listed below. Courses that fulfill one or more of these requirements can be found on the program Web site and the curriculum worksheet.

Any Level (12 credits, three courses)*
LITT xxxx
LITT xxxx
LITT xxxx

Upper-Level (16 credits, four courses)*
LITT 3xxx or 4xxx
LITT 3xxx or 4xxx
LITT 3xxx or 4xxx
LITT 3xxx or 4xxx

*Note: LITT 2412: English Language and Grammar, LITT 3205: Shakespeare, and course work in American, British and World literatures are recommended for students planning to enter the Education program.

Electives/Cognates (24 credits, six courses)

Language & Culture Studies Requirement:
LITT majors with a Literary Studies concentration must choose one of the following four options to complete the Language & Culture Studies


  • 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 four semesters of study in one language.)
  • Option 2: The student completes one of the following interdisciplinary culture 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.
  • Option 3: The student completes one semester of study abroad.
  • 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:

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.