Literature Curriculum

Literature Contact

Kathleen Johnson
Director of Literature

Major Requirements

(for students entering Miami University in August 2014 or later)

Literature majors in this program complete 36 hours of courses, beginning with an introductory course in literary studies. After this introduction, majors complete 33 hours of courses: nine literature courses, chosen according to the distribution requirements outlined below and including two senior seminars; a course in literary, cultural, or other theory; and a capstone.

NOTE: ENG 131-133 and ENG 141-143 are renumbered as ENG 272-274 and ENG 275-276, beginning in Fall 2017. Students should avoid repeating these courses under the new numbers. 

I. Core Requirements (36 hours)

1. Prerequisite Introductory Course (3 hours)

The following course, to be completed in the first semester of the sophomore year at Miami or in the first semester after declaring the literature major, whichever is later:
  • ENG 298 Introduction to Literary Studies

2. Literature Courses (27 hours)

Choose nine (including at least two courses at the 400-level; see below):

No more than two courses at the 100-level:

  • ENG 122 Popular Literature (3) 
  • ENG 123 Introduction to Poetry (3) 
  • ENG 124 Introduction to Fiction (3) 
  • ENG 125 Introduction to Drama (3) 
  • ENG 129 Books You Need to Read (3) 
  • [ENG 131/132/133] **Now ENG 272/273/274**
  • ENG 134 Introduction to Shakespeare (3) 
  • [ENG 141//142/143] **Now ENG 275/276**
  • ENG 163 Literature and Travel (3) 
  • ENG 169 Disability and Literature (3) 
  • ENG 171 Humanities and Technology (3) 
  • ENG 220 Literature and Film (3)
  • ENG 221 Shakespeare and Film (3)
  • ENG 231 The Short Story (3) 
  • ENG 232 Women Writers (3)
  • ENG 237 GLBTQ Literature (3) 
  • ENG 238 Narrative and Digital Technology (3) 
  • ENG 246 Native American Literature (3) 
  • ENG 248 Asian American Literature (3) 
  • ENG 251 Introduction to European Llterature (3) 
  • ENG 254 Latino/a Literature and the Americas (3)
  • ENG 262 Children’s Literature (3) 
  • ENG 269 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (3) 
  • ENG 272 English Literature to 1660 (3) [previously ENG 131]
  • ENG 273 English Literature, 1660-1901 (3) [previously ENG 132]
  • ENG 274 English Literature 1901-Present (3) [previously ENG 133]
  • ENG 275 American Literature to 1900 (3) [previously ENG 142]
  • ENG 276 American Literature, 1900-Present (3) [previously ENG 142 and ENG 143]
  • ENG 293 Contemporary American Fiction (3) 
  • ENG 327 Medieval Literature (3) 
  • ENG 328 16th-Century English Literature (3) 
  • ENG 331 17th-Century English Literature (3) 
  • ENG 332 Early British Women Writers (3) 
  • ENG 335 18th-Century English Literature (3) 
  • ENG 336 African American Writing, 1746-1877 (3)
  • ENG 337 African American Writing, 1878-1945 (3)
  • ENG 338 African American Writing, 1946-Present (3)
  • ENG 339 British Romanicism, 1789-1837 (3) 
  • ENG 343 Victorian Literature, 1837-1901 (3)
  • ENG 345 British Modernism (3)  
  • ENG 347 Postwar British Literature (3)
  • ENG 348 Ethnic American Literatures (3) 
  • ENG 349 Early American Literature (3) 
  • ENG 350 Topics in Film (3) 
  • ENG 352 Antebellum American Literature (3)
  • ENG 353 American Realism and Naturalism (3)
  • ENG 354 American Modernism (3)
  • ENG 355 Contemporary American Literature (3)  
  • ENG 356 Women and Gender in Film (3) 
  • ENG 360 Interdisciplinary Special Topics (3) 
  • ENG 372 Shakespeare's Plays: Early Works (3)
  • ENG 373 Shakespeare's Plays: Late Works (3)  
  • ENG 374 English Renaissance Drama
  • ENG 386 Studies in Drama and Performance (3) 
  • ENG 387 Studies in Poetry (3)
  • ENG 388 Studies in Prose (3) 
  • ENG 390 Studies in American Regionalism (3) 
  • ENG 440 Major English and American Writers (3) 
  • ENG 450 Studies in Genre (3) 
  • ENG 490 Special Topics in Literary Study (3) 

At least two of these (students may repeat 440, 450, and 490):

  • ENG 432 Feminism and the Diaspora: U.S. Women of Color
  • ENG 440 Major English and American Writers
  • ENG 450 Studies in Genre
  • ENG 480 English Honors
  • ENG 490 Special Topics in Literary Study

3. An English Department course in literary, cultural, or other theory (3 hours)

Choose one:
  • ENG 351 Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Asia/America
  • ENG 370 Intro to Literary Theory 
  • ENG 435 Queer Theory
  • ENG 437 Black Feminist Theory
  • ENG 470 Studies in Literary Theory

4. Senior Capstone in Literature (3 hours)

Choose one:
  • ENG 460 Issues in Creative Writing
  • ENG 495 Capstone in Literature

NOTE: Credit will only be awarded for one capstone.


II. Distribution Requirements

Students must choose the required courses above in such a way that they also meet the distribution requirements below. A course may be counted in more than one requirement (e.g., ENG 336 simultaneously meets requirements 2 and 4).

1. Literature of Earlier Periods (6 credit hours)

Note: ENG 440, 450, and 490 may also count when topic/time period is appropriate.  
*No more than one course can focus on Shakespeare (ENG 134, 221, 372, and 373).

Choose two:

  • ENG 134* Introduction to Shakespeare
  • ENG 221   Shakespeare and Film
  • ENG 272   English Literature to 1660
  • ENG 273   English Literature, 1660-1901
  • ENG 275   American Literature to 1900
  • ENG 327   Medieval Literature
  • ENG 328   16th-Century English Literature
  • ENG 331   17th-Century English Literature 
  • ENG 332   Early British Women Writers
  • ENG 335   18th-Century English Literature
  • ENG 336   African American Writing, 1746-1877   
  • ENG 339   British Romanticism, 1789-1837
  • ENG 349   Early American Literature
  • ENG 352   Antebellum American Literature
  • ENG 372* Shakespeare's Plays: Early Works
  • ENG 373* Shakespeare's Plays: Late Works
  • ENG 374   English Renaissance Drama 

2. Literature of Later Periods (6 credit hours) 

Note: ENG 440, 450, and 490 may count when topic/time period is appropriate

Choose two:

  • ENG 232  Women Writers
  • ENG 246  Native American Literature
  • ENG 248  Asian American Literature
  • ENG 254  Latino/a Literature and the Americas
  • ENG 269  Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
  • ENG 274  English Literature, 1901-Present 
  • ENG 276  American Literature, 1900-Present
  • ENG 293  Contemporary American Fiction
  • ENG 337  African American Writing, 1878-1945
  • ENG 338  African American Writing, 1946-Present 
  • ENG 343  Victorian Literature, 1837-1901
  • ENG 345  British Modernism
  • ENG 347  Postwar British Literature
  • ENG 348  Ethnic American Literatures
  • ENG 353  American Realism and Naturalism
  • ENG 354  American Modernism
  • ENG 355  Contemporary American Literature

3. Ethnic, minority, or women’s literature (3 credit hours) 

Note: This requirement MAY be satisfied by a course taken to fulfill the literature (earlier or later periods) requirements above.

Choose one:

  • ENG 169  Disability and Literature
  • ENG 232  Women Writers
  • ENG 237  GLBTQ Literature
  • ENG 246  Native American Literature
  • ENG 248  Asian American Literature
  • ENG 254  Latino/a Literature and the Americas
  • ENG 269  Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
  • ENG 332  Early British Women Writers
  • ENG 336  African American Writing, 1746-1877
  • ENG 337  African American Writing, 1878-1945
  • ENG 338  African American Writing, 1946-Present
  • ENG 348  Ethnic American Literatures
  • ENG 356  Women and Gender in Film 

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