Elmhurst’s literature track teaches students to analyze and respond to a wide variety of genres, from the ancient to the immediate. A respect for the diversity of human experience is woven into all of our literature courses, so our majors read Amy Tan and Gabriel Garcia Marquez in addition to Shakespeare and Dickens. Courses focus on women’s writing, on literary theory, on ethical values in literature, and many other topics.
Students pursuing an emphasis on literature must complete six core courses:
ENG 220 Principles of Literary Study
One writing course beyond ENG 106 Composition II
ENG 451 Advanced Literary Study
One course chosen from:
ENG 321 British Literature I
ENG 345 Shakespeare
Two courses chosen from:
ENG 322 British Literature
ENG 351 American Literature I
ENG 352 American Literature II
Students also complete four elective courses, including at least three at the 400-level. No more than one 400-level writing course may be counted toward the Literature Emphasis.