English Course Topics


Literature courses

In our literature classes, we study everything from the Bible as literature to the literature of American pop music, from Homer and Shakespeare to science fiction and children’s lit. While our freshman-level Introduction to Literature course gives students an overview of the study of literature and touches on poetry, fiction and drama, our 200-level courses look at literature from a variety of vantage points, including

  • genre with courses like Introduction to Fiction, Introduction to Poetry, Drama as Literature and Masterpieces of Cinema
  • geography with American Literature I and II, British Literature I and II and World Masterpieces
  • pop culture through Literature of Science Fiction and Literature of American Pop Music
  • diversity with Writing by Women, U.S. Latino and Latina Literature and the Bible as Literature

Diversity in the classroom

The English Department has a strong commitment to diversity of all kinds. We follow a mission to understand perspectives from all angles—race and ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, religious and atheist, parochial and cosmopolitan, ancient and current. Our commitment is seen not only in classes such as Literature by Women and U.S. Latino and Latina Literature, but also in the syllabuses for more general classes such as Introduction to Literature and Drama as Literature.