Major Requirements

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The New Literature Major in English

The Literature major offers five concentrations, along with a sixth option for a self-designed track, with a total of 12 courses (36 credits). If you wish to continue with the previous version of the major, please visit the page that lists those requirements. You may also read answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the new major

Here are the concentrations:

  • The Invention of Literature: Concentration in Literary History and the English Language
  •  Media and Technology: Concentration in Media Literacy and Narrative
  •  English for the World: Concentration in Global Literatures, Politics, and Professions
  •  Environment, Science, and Culture: Concentration in the Intersections of Humanities, Sciences, and the Natural World (available 2016-17)
  • Children and Culture: Concentration in Children’s Literature (available 2016-17)

The requirements for the concentrations are as follows:

1. Required courses:

ENGLIT 0505: How to Do Things with Literature I

ENGLIT 0506: How to Do Things with Literature II

ENGLIT 1900: Project Seminar in research methods

ENGLIT 1910: Senior Seminar

 

2.  Historical Period courses:

Choose any two period courses from your concentration (see the lists below).

 

3. Electives

Choose any six elective courses; at least four of them should come from your chosen area of concentration. Students can apply for approval from the Literature Director to count an elective not previously listed in a given area of concentration.

  1. All electives must be 0500-level or above, and at least three of them must be at the 1000-level. 
  2. Students may take up to two courses from the other programs in English (Writing, Film, Composition) designated within their area of concentration. Approved courses are listed below; students can apply for special approval from the Literature Director to count others.
  3. At least one course should fulfill the breadth of study requirement (marked with *). Depending on the syllabus and instructor, one of your required courses or a Special Topics course may fulfill this requirement—simply ask your advisor.

Note: Courses such as ENGLIT 1901: Independent Study, ENGLIT 1904: Undergraduate TA, and ENGLIT 1907: Literature Internship may count toward any concentration, depending on the nature of the student’s work. Please consult the advising office for proper credit.

 

Below are the regular, designated courses for each concentration. We’ll update this list often and will add new courses in the coming years, too. Some titles have been changed; if you think you have already taken a course in a concentration under its old title, consult the course listing (ENGLIT xxxx) to verify that it’s the same one.

The Invention of Literature: Concentration in Literary History and the English Language

ENGLIT 0500: Intro to Critical Reading

ENGLIT 0510: Making the Book

ENGLIT 0515 Contemporary African American Poetry*

ENGLIT 0550: Introduction to Popular Culture

ENGLIT 0560: Children and Culture

ENGLIT 0562: Childhood’s Books

ENGLIT 0570: American Literature

ENGLIT 0572 Introduction to African Literature*

ENGLIT 0580: Introduction to Shakespeare

ENGLIT 0590: Formative Masterpieces

ENGLIT 0597: Bible as Literature

ENGLIT 0610: Women and Literature

ENGLIT 0620: Graphic Novel*

ENGLIT 0621 Introduction to African-American Literature: Debates and Approaches*

ENGLIT 0625: Detective Fiction

ENGLIT 0626: Science Fiction

ENGLIT 0630: Sexuality and Representation*

ENGLIT 0636: Gothic Imagination

ENGLIT 0640: Allegory

ENGLIT 0641: Tragedy

ENGLIT 0642: Comedy

ENGLIT 0643: Satire

ENGLIT 0644: Myth and Folktale

ENGLIT 0645: Fantasy

ENGLIT 0646: Apocalypse

ENGLIT 0710: Contemporary Environmental Literature

ENGLIT 0720: Global Fictions*

ENGLIT 1001: Interactive Literature

ENGLIT 1005: Literature and the Environment

ENGLIT 1020: History of Literary Criticism

ENGLIT 1023: Contemporary Critical Theory

ENGLIT 1115: Chaucer

ENGLIT 1126: Advanced Shakespeare

ENGLIT 1127: Shakespeare on Film

ENGLIT 1181: Victorian Novel

ENGLIT 1255: Theater and Activism

ENGLIT 1272: The Roaring Twenties—Farmers, Factory Workers, Financiers, Flappers, and Film Stars: Avant-Garde and Mass Culture

ENGLIT 1383 Literature and Colonialism*

ENGLIT 1384: Banned Books*

ENGLIT 1406: U.S. Latino Literature*

ENGLIT 1412: Secret Pittsburgh

ENGLIT 1587: Utopian Literature

ENGLIT 1612: The African Novel*

ENGLIT 1715: Global Black Literature*

ENGLIT 1738: Irish Literature

 

Period Courses in this area:

ENGLIT 1010: Magical Nature Before the Modern World

ENGLIT 1100: Medieval Imagination

ENGLIT 1101: The Invention of English

ENGLIT 1125: Masterpieces of Renaissance Literature

ENGLIT 1128: Shakespeare’s Sexualities

ENGLIT 1135: Literature, Media, and Science in the Age of Shakespeare

ENGLIT 1150: Enlightenment to Revolution

ENGLIT 1170: Romantic Nature

ENGLIT 1175: 19th Century British Literature

ENGLIT 1200: Colonies to Nation in American Literature

ENGLIT 1225: 19th Century African American Literature*

ENGLIT 1180: Humans, Animals, Machines in Victorian Literature

ENGLIT 1200: American Literature to 1860

ENGLIT 1220: Civil War to WWI in American Literature

ENGLIT 1227: Harlem Renaissance*

ENGLIT 1230: 20th Century African American Literature*

ENGLIT 1325: Modernism

ENGLIT 1350: Postmodern Literature

ENGLIT 1380: World Literature in English

ENGLIT 1382: Prized Books

 

Courses from other programs:

ENGCMP 1551: History and Politics of the English Language

ENGCMP 1552: The Uses of Literacy

ENGWRT 0520: Introduction to Fiction Writing

ENGWRT 0530: Introduction to Poetry Writing

ENGWRT 0610: Introduction to Journalism and Nonfiction

 

Media and Technology: Concentration in Media Literacy and Narrative

ENGLIT 0512: Narrative and Technology

ENGLIT 0550: Introduction to Popular Culture

ENGLIT 0612: Literature and Science

ENGLIT 0620: Graphic Novel*

ENGLIT 0626: Science Fiction

ENGLIT 1001: Interactive Literature

ENGLIT 1002: Critical Game Studies

ENGLIT 1127: Shakespeare on Film

ENGLIT 1350: Postmodern Literature

ENGLIT 1412: Secret Pittsburgh

ENGLIT 1587: Utopian Literature

ENGLIT 1600: Computational Methods in the Humanities

ENGLIT 1635: Children in Pittsburgh

ENGLIT 1790: Film and Literature

 

Period Courses in this area:

ENGLIT 0510: Making the Book

ENGLIT 1101: The Invention of English

ENGLIT 1135: Literature, Media, and Science in the Age of Shakespeare

ENGLIT 1150: Enlightenment to Revolution

ENGLIT 1175: 19th Century British Literature

ENGLIT 1220: Civil War to WWI in American Literature

ENGLIT 1325: Modernism

 

Courses from other programs:

ENGCMP 0520: Integrating Writing and Design

ENGCMP 0610: Composing Digital Media

ENGCMP 1552: The Uses of Literacy

ENGFLM 0530: Film Analysis

ENGFLM 0570: Introduction to New Media

ENGFLM 1479: Children and Media

ENGFLM 1680: Animation

ENGFLM 1699: Science Fiction Film

ENGFLM 1752: Television Analysis

ENGFLM 1790: Film and Literature

ENGWRT 0550: Fundamentals of News Reporting

ENGWRT 0610: Introduction to Journalism and Nonfiction

 

English for the World: Concentration in Global Literatures, Politics, and Professions 

ENGLIT 0512: Narrative and Technology

ENGLIT 0515 Contemporary African American Poetry*

ENGLIT 0541: Literature and Medicine

ENGLIT 0550: Introduction to Popular Culture

ENGLIT 0572 Introduction to African Literature*

ENGLIT 0573: Literature of the Americas*

ENGLIT 0597: Bible as Literature

ENGLIT 0610: Women and Literature*

ENGLIT 0612: Literature and Science

ENGLIT 0615: Literature and Race*

ENGLIT 0616: Literature and Migration*

ENGLIT 0618: War*

ENGLIT 0621 Introduction to African-American Literature: Debates and Approaches*

ENGLIT 0625: Detective Fiction

ENGLIT 0628: Working Class Literature*

ENGLIT 0630: Sexuality and Representation*

ENGLIT 0626: Science Fiction

ENGLIT 0643: Satire

ENGLIT 0646: Apocalypse

ENGLIT 0710: Contemporary Environmental Literature

ENGLIT 0720: Global Fictions*

ENGLIT 1000: Introduction to Translation Studies

ENGLIT 1001: Interactive Literature

ENGLIT 1005: Literature and the Environment

ENGLIT 1023: Contemporary Critical Theory

ENGLIT 1028: Literature and Psychoanalysis

ENGLIT 1247: August Wilson*

ENGLIT 1255: Theater and Activism

ENGLIT 1383 Literature and Colonialism*

ENGLIT 1384: Banned Books*

ENGLIT 1406: U.S. Latino Literature*

ENGLIT 1412: Secret Pittsburgh

ENGLIT 1587: Utopian Literature

ENGLIT 1612: The African Novel*

ENGLIT 1704: Women Novelists*

ENGLIT 1715: Global Black Literature*

ENGLIT 1730: Chinese and Western Poetry

ENGLIT 1738: Irish Literature

ENGLIT [#]: Masculinity and Violence*

 

Period Courses in this area:

ENGLIT 0510: Making the Book

ENGLIT 1101: The Invention of English

ENGLIT 1128: Shakespeare’s Sexualities

ENGLIT 1150: Enlightenment to Revolution

ENGLIT 1180: Humans, Animals, Machines in Victorian Literature

ENGLIT 1220: Civil War to WWI in American Literature

ENGLIT 1225: 19th Century African American Literature*

ENGLIT 1230: 20th Century African American Literature*

ENGLIT 1227: Harlem Renaissance*

ENGLIT 1325: Modernism

ENGLIT 1350: Postmodern Literature

ENGLIT 1380: World Literature in English*

ENGLIT 1382: Prized Books

 

Courses from other programs:

ENGCMP 0610: Composing Digital Media

ENGCMP 1551: History and Politics of the English Language*

ENGCMP 1552: Uses of Literacy

ENGFLM 0540: World Film History

ENGFLM 1410: Bollywood and Indian Cinema

ENGFLM 1420: Transnational East Asian Cinemas

ENGFLM 1670: Global Anime

ENGWRT 0550: Fundamentals of News Reporting

ENGWRT 0610: Introduction to Journalism and Nonfiction

 

Environment, Science, and Culture: Concentration in the Intersections of Humanities, Sciences, and the Natural World

ENGLIT 0512: Narrative and Technology

ENGLIT 0541: Literature and Medicine

ENGLIT 0560: Children and Culture

ENGLIT 0570: American Literature

ENGLIT 0610: Women and Literature*

ENGLIT 0612: Literature and Science

ENGLIT 0616: Literature and Migration*

ENGLIT 0630: Sexuality and Representation*

ENGLIT 0626: Science Fiction

ENGLIT 0629: Wild West

ENGLIT 0646: Apocalypse

ENGLIT 0710: Contemporary Environmental Literature

ENGLIT 1001: Interactive Literature

ENGLIT 1005: Literature and the Environment

ENGLIT 1023: Contemporary Critical Theory

ENGLIT 1028: Literature and Psychoanalysis

ENGLIT 1384: Banned Books*

ENGLIT 1587: Utopian Literature

 

Period Courses in this area:

ENGLIT 0510: Making the Book

ENGLIT 1010: Magical Nature Before the Modern World

ENGLIT 1100: Medieval Imagination

ENGLIT 1128: Shakespeare’s Sexualities

ENGLIT 1135: Literature, Media, and Science in the Age of Shakespeare

ENGLIT 1150: Enlightenment to Revolution

ENGLIT 1170: Romantic Nature

ENGLIT 1180: Humans, Animals, Machines in Victorian Literature

ENGLIT 1200: American Literature to 1860

ENGLIT 1220: Civil War to WWI in American Literature

ENGLIT 1227: Harlem Renaissance*

ENGLIT 1350: Postmodern Literature

 

Courses from other programs:

ENGCMP 0610: Composing Digital Media

ENGCMP 1551: History and Politics of the English Language

ENGCMP 1552: Uses of Literacy

ENGFLM 1699: Science Fiction Film

ENGWRT 0550: Fundamentals of News Reporting

 

Children and Culture: Concentration in Children’s Literature

ENGLIT 0560: Children and Culture

ENGLIT 0562: Childhood’s Books

ENGLIT 0617: Changing Families

ENGLIT 0620: Graphic Novel*

ENGLIT 0636: Gothic Imagination

ENGLIT 0644: Myth and Folktale

ENGLIT 0645: Fantasy

ENGLIT 0647: Harry Potter: Blood, Power, Culture

ENGLIT 0655: Representing Adolescence

ENGLIT 1028: Literature and Psychoanalysis

ENGLIT 1384: Banned Books*

ENGLIT 1587: Utopian Literature

ENGLIT 1635: Children in Pittsburgh

ENGLIT 1645: Critical Approaches to Children's Literature

 

Period Courses in this area:

ENGLIT 0510: Making the Book

ENGLIT 1010: Magical Nature Before the Modern World

ENGLIT 1170: Romantic Nature

ENGLIT 1175: 19th Century British Literature

ENGLIT 1180: Humans, Animals, Machines in Victorian Literature

ENGLIT 1200: Colonies to Nation in American Literature

ENGLIT 1225: 19th Century African American Literature*

ENGLIT 1382: Prized Books

 

Courses from other programs:

ENGCMP 0550: Introduction to Popular Culture

ENGCMP 1551: History and Politics of the English Language

ENGCMP 1552: Uses of Literacy

ENGFLM 1479: Children and Media

ENGFLM 1481: Youth Film

ENGFLM 1670: Global Anime

ENGFLM 1680: Animation

ENGFLM 1752: Television Analysis

ENGWRT 0540: Writing Youth Literature

ENGWRT 1540: Writing Youth Literature II