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2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English: English Literature Concentration, BA

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About the Program

While pursuing a BA in English, students may select from three distinct concentrations: English Literature, English Education and English Language in a Global Context. In all three, students have access to unique learning communities, internships, scholarships, study abroad opportunities and more, providing them with the foundations for collegiate success, and beyond.

The English Literature student is a reader. In this concentration, students read authors who have shaped the English-speaking globe and practice the skills necessary to negotiate a complex world.

By reading and writing about literature, you learn the kind of adaptive thinking, empathy, and creativity that the job market demands and that global citizenship requires. The study of English also promotes ethical thinking, curiosity about other times and places, and the ability to imagine alternatives to the status quo. Ultimately, reading and writing are forms of considerable power. As the British Romantic poet Percy Shelley put it, “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the World.” As an English Literature student, you learn how to exert your power responsibly in whatever world you find yourself.

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3 Year Degrees

The College of Liberal Arts offers the opportunity for students to complete their degree in three years. Degree in 3 majors allow students to enter the work force or graduate school a year earlier than traditional plans of study while also providing a cost-effective way to complete an undergraduate degree.

Students can complete the three-year option with or without AP credit by adding summer sessions to traditional coursework in Fall and Spring semesters. Degree in 3 offers a great combination of cost-savings and the opportunity to accelerate your future and achieve your goals.

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Liberal Arts Curriculum

Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.

Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.

Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (33 credits)

Major Courses (6 credits)

Course taken to satisfy Area B may not be used to fulfill the required concentration courses.

English Literature Concentration (27 credits)

Area C - Literary Theory and Practice (3 credits)

Area D - Historical Surveys (6 credits)

Choose one of the two-course sequences.

Area E - English Electives (15 credits)

Choose five courses from among the following categories using this list: English Literature English Electives .

  • Courses used to fulfill Areas A-D or F may not be used to fulfill Area E.
  • Students may use no more than one ENGL 23200 or ENGL 39600 towards the requirements for Area E.
  • No more than two courses may be from outside the Literature category (Literary Traditions, Genre and Media Studies, and Theory and Cultural Studies)

Other Departmental (31-55 credits)

The College of Liberal Arts Other Departmental area is designed to be experiential, informative, and relevant to life in a rapidly changing universe. It combines courses that fulfill University Core foundational outcomes, discipline diversity, social diversity, and other languages to produce a well-rounded background for students. Coursework is integrative and collaborative and fosters insight, understanding, independence, initiative, and the desire to reach across divides and redefine our relationship to the peoples and the worlds that surround us.

Core I: Disciplinary Diversity (6-18 credits)

Choose 1 course in 6 different disciplines within the College of Liberal Arts.

Note: Disciplines are differentiated by course prefix. Undistributed credit does not count to satisfy this requirement.

Core II: Social Diversity (1-3 credits)

Culture, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity all play a role in how others perceive us and how we experience the world, and as such, are meaningful categories for analyzing social change and social problems past and present. The purpose of this category is to acquaint students with the pluralistic nature of the world and foster an appreciation and awareness of the diverse range of lived human experience. Courses in this list will expose students to important aspects of human diversity and foster understanding about different world views.

Choose one course from this list: Social Diversity Selective List .

Core III: Linguistic Diversity (3-4 credits)

Proficiency through Level IV in one world language. Courses may be required to reach Level IV proficiency; these courses will be counted toward electives.

Foundational Requirements (21-30 credits)

Students must complete approved coursework that meet the following foundational outcomes. Many of these can also be used to fulfill Core I, Core II, or Core III.

  • Humanities - all approved courses accepted.
  • Behavioral/Social Science - all approved courses accepted.
  • Information Literacy - all approved courses accepted.
  • Science #1 - all approved courses accepted.
  • Science #2 - all approved courses accepted.
  • Science, Technology, and Society - all approved courses accepted.
  • Written Communication - all approved courses accepted.
  • Oral Communication - all approved courses accepted.
  • Quantitative Reasoning - all approved courses accepted.


  • Double counting of courses is allowed across the various categories.
  • All accredited programs whose accreditation is threatened by CLA Core requirement, both professional BAs and BFAs, are exempt from Liberal Arts Core I & II in order to meet accreditation standards and requirements. Liberal Arts Core III: Linguistic Diversity is still required for such programs.
  • “Degree +” students (students with a second major outside of Liberal Arts) are exempt from the CLA Core.

Elective (32-56 Credits)

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year


  • Written Communication - Credit Hours: 3.00-4.00
  • World Language Level I - Credit Hours: 3.00 
  • Quantitative Reasoning - Credit Hours: 3.00 
  • Behavioral/Social Sciences (CLA Core I: 1 of 6) - Credit Hours: 3.00

15-16 Credits

Spring 1st Year

  • Oral Communication - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Area B Multiethnic Studies Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • World Language Level II - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science, Technology, and Society (CLA Core I: 2 of 6) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities (CLA Core I: 3 of 6) - Credit Hours 3.00

15 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

  • Area D Historical Surveys Selective - Credit Hours 3.00
  • World Language Level III - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CLA Core I: 4 of 6 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

  • Area D Historical Surveys Selective - Credit Hours 3.00
  • World Language Level IV (fulfills CLA Core III) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CLA Core I: 5 of 6 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours 3.00

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

  • Area E English Selective - Credit Hours 3.00
  • CLA Core I: 6 of 6 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CLA Core II: Diversity Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

  • Area E English Selective - Credit Hours 3.00
  • Area E English Selective - Credit Hours 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours 3.00​

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Area E English Selective - Credit Hours 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours 3.00

15 Credits


  • Students must earn a “C-” or better in each English course.  The P/NP option is not available for this requirement.
  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • 32 credit hours of Purdue Coursework at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Liberal Arts offers a streamlined plan of study for students pursuing a second degree outside CLA. Contact the CLA Advising Office for more information.

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.

ASL-American Sign Language

ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish  

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

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