At MCLA we believe the study of literature should be expansive—spanning a multiplicity of genres, cultures, and time periods. Course offerings cover major and lesser known works in American, British, and Global literatures, in addition to literary criticism and theory. Some courses focus on specific genres, such as Fantasy Literature, Hybrid Poetics, and Reading the Graphic Novel, while others emphasize historical eras, like the Beat Generation, the American Renaissance, and the Civil War in Literature and Film, or span cultural and identity-based traditions, for instance, Writing Women, African American Literature, and Queer Identity in Contemporary Literature.

You will find a broad range of literature courses taught in small classes by vibrant and knowledgeable faculty, who are all writers, scholars, and producers of culture themselves. Our faculty train students in the scholarly methods of literary analysis and theory close reading, historical and archival research, and cultural studies. Our courses often engage topics of social justice with an aim to enhance student comprehension of literature’s capacity to reflect and transform culture.  

The mechanism by which a full curriculum can thrive at a small college is that our courses are taught in rotation: each semester, we offer a different slice of the overall spectrum of courses. Courses are re-listed every three or four semesters. If you are looking forward to taking a particular subject, be sure and plan ahead so you are prepared when the class appears in the schedule. Your advisor can give you tips on how to integrate your interests with our literature offerings.

Total credits required for Literature concentration: 48 

  • Foundation courses - 24 credits
  • Department electives - 6 credits

Concentration Courses

  • Critical Reading (ENGL 349) - 3 credits 
  • Shakespeare (ENGL 351) - 3 credits
  • Literary Survey (twoin addition to one in Foundation Courses) - 6 credits
  • Two 300-level or above literature electives - 6 credits

View a sample 4-year plan to complete your major