Under the Literature concentration, students ground their study of literature in a series of introductory courses in major themes and historical approaches, intermediate courses in Shakesepeare and literary theory, and a senior seminar that requires the development of a research project. Students complement these core courses with a selection of electives that engage specific genres, authors, and periods, as well as different disciplines (e.g. Literature and the Environment) and literatures of diversity (e.g. Native American Literature). M.A. students select graduate seminars in American, British, and world literatures as well as other disciplines, their course work culminating in either a traditional thesis or a portfolio of seminar papers revised in collaboration with a committee. The Literature concentration imparts an understanding of not only the aesthetic richness of canonical and emerging literatures but also the historical and cultural forces that have contributed to their making. The classes are of a size that makes discussion an important part of a student’s experience. 

Bachelor of Arts - English; Literature Concentration

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 36

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

Note: English majors with the concentration in Literature must earn 42-60 of their total credits in Department of English courses.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


English Core Courses15
Upper Division Requirements 300-40012
A Designation: Medieval through early modern British Literature
B Designation: Enlightenment through Romantic British Literature or pre-1865 American Literature
C Designation: 400-level theory
D Designation: Diversity
Literature Seminar Capstone3
Upper Division Writing Courses6
Modern or Classical Language major requirement
Total Hours36

English Core Courses

Rule: Must complete the following courses:

LIT 110LIntro to Lit3
Choose 2 courses from the following:6
The Environmental Imagination
Literary Histories
Genres, Themes, Approaches
LIT 300Literary Criticism3
LIT 327Shakespeare3
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C

Upper-Division Courses

Select 3 courses from the following:9
Studies in Literary Forms
U.S. Writers of Color
Lit by & About Native Amer
The American Novel
Voices of the Am Renaissance
Major Author/s
Montana Writers
African American Lit
Asian American Literature
Medieval Lit
British Romanticism
Modern Poetry
Short Fiction
Science Fiction
Lit & Environment
Lit & Other Disciplines
Gay and Lesbian Studies
Literary Approaches to Drama
Special Topics
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C

Select one of the following:3
Literature in Place
Critical Theory
History of Criticism & Theory
Ecocritical Theory & Practice
Studies in Comparative Lit
Special Topics
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Literature Seminar Capstone

Must complete the following Course:
LIT 494Seminar: Lit Capstone3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper Division English Electives

Rule: Select any two upper-division courses (6 credits) from the course prefixes CRWR, IRSH, FILM, LING, LIT, or WRIT. All courses must be 300- or 400-level.

Minimum Required Grade: C-

6 Total Credits Required

Modern or Classical Language major requirement

Rule: Complete the 202-level proficiency in either a modern or classical language other than English

Note: Students may either take four sequential semesters (101, 102, 201, 202) of a modern or classical language or exemplify proficiency through examination (available through the Modern and Classical Languages and Literature Department).

Minimum Required Grade: C-