9.14. English and Comparative Literature

Programs offered:
B.A. in English and Comparative Literature
Minor in English and Comparative Literature (TU)
Minor in English (ADP)

In literature courses, students examine written works to determine their meanings, to reach judgments about their value, to explore their relation to life and to their historical contexts, and to derive pleasure. To these ends, students make both written and oral analyses, supporting their conclusions with close examination of specific textual passages from the works of literature being studied. In both literature and writing courses, students learn to compose their interpretations and supporting details into a coherent and convincing structure of thought and language. Students in literary writing classes learn about poetry, fiction and nonfiction by working to develop the insight, imagination, and discipline required to create them and by studying instructive examples of these genres.

A major in English and Comparative Literature is excellent preparation for law school or any other professional training that requires students to interpret written material and support their assertions with specific evidence. Given the expressed need in the business community for people who can communicate well orally and on paper, the combination of an English and Comparative Literature major and courses in Business Administration or an Accounting minor may be very attractive to prospective employers. The course CRS 260 Writing for Business and the Professions focuses on the kinds of speaking and writing abilities graduates will need to get jobs in personnel, sales and management. Oglethorpe graduates also work in public relations and editing, where they use their skill with words—a major emphasis of every English and Comparative Literature course. They go into teaching and sometimes work for publishers, television stations, film-making companies or computer firms. They write press releases, training manuals, in-house newspapers and news copy.

To help students bridge the gap between academic life and work experience, Oglethorpe places English and Comparative Literature majors in internships with area newspapers, publishing companies, public relations firms, cultural associations and radio and television stations. Such experiences enhance students’ chances of finding the jobs they want after graduation.

B.A. in English and Comparative Literature (see Sec. 8.5.1. for a complete list of B.A. graduation requirements)

  1. Completion of one of the following courses:
    ENG 101 Ancient Literature
    ENG 105 World Literature: Ancient to Modern
  2. Completion of all of the following courses:
    ENG 102 Medieval and Renaissance Literature
    ENG 103 18th and 19th Century Literature
    ENG 104 Modern and Contemporary Literature
    ENG 210 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies
    ENG 220 Literary Tribalism: How to Read Race, Class, Nation, and Gender
  3. Completion of one of the following courses:
    ENG 201 Chaucer
    ENG 204 Shakespeare: Early Plays, To 1603
    ENG 206 Shakespeare: Late Plays, 1603-1613
  4. Completion of five additional English and Comparative Literature courses at the 200- or 300-level; at least three of these five must be at the 300-level.
  5. Additional requirements and things to note:
    1. A grade of “C-“ or higher is required in all courses contributing to the major.
    2. ENG 210 must be taken by the end of the sophomore year.
    3. The following courses are pre-approved upper-level credit in the major and the minor in English and Comparative Literature:
      • HON 401 Honors Thesis
      • JPN 250 Princes, Hermits and Courtesans: Traditional Japanese Literature in Translation
      • JPN 251 Identity and Nation in Modern Japanese Literature
      • FRE 406, SPN 406 French and Spanish Crossroads in the Caribbean and Africa

Minor in English and Comparative Literature (TU)

  1. Completion of a minimum of five English and Comparative Literature courses, at least three of which must be at the 300-level.
  2. A grade of “C-“ or higher is required in all courses contributing to the minor.

Minor in English (ADP)

The requirements are identical to those for the Minor in English and Comparative Literature (TU) (see above).