University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

English B.A. - Literature

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 Shakespeare 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 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

General Education Requirements

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


English Core Courses15
Upper-Division Core Courses12
Upper-Division English Electives6
Literature Seminar Capstone3
Modern or Classical Languages Requirement4-18
Total Hours40-54

Degree Specific Credits: 40-54

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Note: English majors with the concentration in Literature must earn 36 of their total credits in Department of English courses.

English Core Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
LIT 110LIntroduction to Literature3
LIT 300Literary Criticism3
LIT 327LShakespeare3
Complete 2 of the following courses (note: you may take two sections of LIT 236L or LIT 246L if the course subtitles and content are different):6
Literary Histories
Genres, Themes, Approaches
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Core Courses

Complete 4 of the following courses, with at least one being a 400-level course:12
Studies in Literary Forms
U.S. Writers of Color
Literature by & About Native Americans
The American Novel
Voices of the American Renaissance
Major Author/s
Montana Writers
African American Literature
Asian American Literature
Medieval Literature
British Romanticism
Modern Poetry
Short Fiction
Science Fiction
Literature & Environment
Literature & Other Disciplines
Literary Approaches to Drama
Special Topics
Literature in Place
Critical Theory
Ecocritical Theory & Practice
Studies in Comparative Literature
Special Topics
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division English Electives

Complete any two upper-division courses from course prefixes: CRWR, IRSH, FILM, LING, LIT, or WRIT. All courses must be 300- or 400-level.6
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Literature Seminar Capstone

Complete the following course:
LIT 494Seminar: Literature Capstone3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Modern & Classical Language Requirement

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).

Complete the 202-level proficiency in either a modern or classical language other than English.4-18

Minimum Required Grade: C-