Sample Degree Pathway for English - Literature Concentration


For students who entered fall 2015 and beyond.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
Total16
ENGL.1010 /
HONR.1100
College Writing I / FYSH (CW)3
FAHS.1090First Year Seminar1
MATH.xxxxMath Persp. (MATH) - MATH.1110 (QL) recommended43
WLxx.xxxxLanguage 1 & Culture 3
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3

Spring Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
Total15/16
ENGL.1020College Writing II (CW)3
ENGL.2xxxFoundations course23
WLxx.xxxxLanguage 2 & Culture3
xxxx.xxxxScience with/Lab Persp. (SCL)3/4
xxxx.xxxxArts and Hum. Persp. (AH)3

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
ENGL.2000Critical Methods (CTPS)3
ENGL.2xxxFoundations course23
xxxx.xxxxScience with/Lab Persp. (SCL)3/4
xxxx.xxxxLanguage 3 & Culture or World Ready Elective13
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective3
Total15/16

Spring Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
ENGL.3/4xxxLiterature Elective33
ENGL.3/4xxxLiterature Elective33
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)3
xxxx.xxxxArts and Hum. Persp. (AH)3
xxxx.xxxxLanguage 4 & Culture or World Ready Elective13
Total15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
Total15
ENGL.3/4xxxLiterature Elective33
ENGL.3xxxTheory/Composition/Language3 (AIL)3
xxxx.xxxxArts and Hum. Persp. (AH)3
xxxx.xxxxSTEM Persp. (STEM)3
xxxx.xxxxWorld Ready Elective1 or Free Elective3

Spring Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
Total15
ENGL.3/4xxxLiterature Elective3 (DCA), (SRE)3
ENGL.3/4xxxLiterature Elective33
ENGL.3/4xxxOptional English or Free Elect.3
xxxx.3/4xxxFree or Minor Elective3
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)3

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
ENGL.4230 /
ENGL.4240
Shakespeare 1 / Shakespeare 2 (IL), (WOC)3
ENGL.3/4xxxLiterature Elective33
xxxx.3/4xxxFree or Minor Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective3
Total15

Spring Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
ENGL.4010Capstone: Selected Authors33
ENGL.3/4xxxOptional English or Free Elect.3
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective3
Total15

Total Minimum Credits = 120

1World Ready Language Track (WR track) requires successful completion of a two course sequence in a World Language (depending on placement) and three approved courses on the culture/history/literature/film related to that language, but taught in English. (Total of 15 credits.) For detailed information refer to Policies - Language Requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

2Three foundations courses may be taken in any order: Critical Methods, British Literary Traditions, and American Literary Traditions.

3See requirements for period electives, Theory/Composition/Language, and capstone below. Some students may satisfy the Diverse Traditions requirement with a 2000 level course and should consult with their advisors to be sure that they will also satisfy both the DCA & SRE ELOs.

4Quantitative Literacy (QL) is fulfilled outside the English major. The department recommends that all majors take MATH.1110 which fulfills both the Math Breadth of Knowledge requirement and the Quantitative Literacy ELO. See QL course listing for a full list of classes that fulfill this requirement.

A minimum of 36 credits, appropriately distributed, is required in English department courses. Students may not exceed the maximum of 54 credits of English department courses (not counting College Writing I & II) within the first 120 credits presented toward graduation. At least 66 credits must be earned outside of the major.

  • In order to graduate, students must earn a cumulative 2.2 grade point average for all English department courses, with the exception of College Writing I and II.
  • Literature concentrators must complete 24 credits of literature courses at the 3000 level or above. (This includes ENGL.4230 / ENGL.4240 Shakespeare 1 or 2, and a 4000-level literary research capstone course).
  • Majors must take at least one course that fulfills the department's Diverse Literary Traditions requirement. Students should consult the AR in SiS for the department's list of approved courses. 

No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum policy for further details. You should meet with your faculty advisor to determine how you will meet the Core Curriculum requirements. 

Current UMass Lowell students should be using their Advisement Report in SiS. If you need assistance, please contact your advisor.

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.

Required Courses

Each of the following 2000 level foundation courses is required (9 credits):

Six approved English electives are required (18 credits):

Students take six 3000/4000 level literature electives, with a minimum of one course from each category below (lists of approved courses for period categories may be found in the Literature AR on SiS):

One of the following Theory/Composition/Language courses is required (3 credits):

One of the following is required (3 credits):

One capstone course is required (3 credits):

The capstone is meant to provide a culminating activity, providing majors with an opportunity to complete a substantial research project. Students should discuss their research interests with their academic advisor to plan ahead for the capstone. Choose one of the following:

  • ENGL.4010 Selected Authors
  • ENGL.4910 Directed Study in Literature (must be pre-arranged with faculty approval)

Optional: An additional six English electives may be taken (0-18 credits):

Additional English courses (up to six courses within the 54 credit limit) may be taken in literature, theatre, or writing. For students contemplating graduate school in the discipline, additional 3000 or 4000 level literature courses are recommended. Students are encouraged in the spring of junior year or fall of senior year to seek an experiential learning opportunity such as the Practicum (Internship) or Community Writing 1 or 2, depending on the student's career goals and interests. Students planning a career in secondary teaching should consider the Undergraduate Seminar on the Teaching of Writing.

Note: Literature students are not required to take a minor, but they are encouraged to do so. Depending on the student's career goals and interests, several different minors may be appropriate. All students are encouraged to discuss possible minors with their academic advisors.

Last updated: 3/07/2019