English – Literature, B.A.

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The Department of English brings together scholars committed to the study of language, literature, and writing. Our graduates are prepared for a variety of professional and educational endeavors, including careers in law, editing and publishing, teaching, corporate and not-for-profit management, consulting, information technology, and graduate study in English and other disciplines. Students of English learn to read accurately, write clearly, and think analytically in the department’s undergraduate programs.

2016-2017 Degree Requirements

Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog, and students must earn at least a “C” (2.0) in each required course. Co-op or internship credit cannot be used in the major without prior approval from the department. Students should consult with a departmental advisor. Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 15 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the UCF English Department. Courses designated in 1 (General Education Program) and 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.

Core Requirements: Basic Level (6 Credit Hours)

Select 1:

  • ENG 3014: Theories and Techniques of Literature Study*

Select 1:

  • CRW 3013: Creative Writing for English Majors or
  • ENC 3241: Writing for the Technical Professional or
  • CRW 3053: Theory & Practice of Creative Writing or
  • LIT 3212: Research & Writing About Literature

*Prerequisite for all 4000 level AML, ENG, ENL, or LIT courses

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (15 Credit Hours)

Literary History Requirement


Students must choose five courses total from the two groupings with at least two from pre-1865 list and two from post-1865 list. The final course may be chosen by the student from either the pre-1865 or the post-1865 list.

Select at least two pre-1865 literature courses


*Note: Each semester, additional courses may satisfy this requirement. Check with advisor for details.

Select 2: (6 Credit Hours)

  • AML 3031: American Literature I (3 hrs) or
  • AML 3613: Narratives of Slavery (3 hrs) or
  • ENL 2012: English Literature I (3 hrs) or
  • ENL 4220: English Renaissance Poetry and Prose (3 hrs) or
  • ENL 4230: 18th Century Studies (3 hrs) or
  • ENL 4240: English Romantic Writers (3 hrs) or
  • AML 3286: Early American Women’s Words (3 hrs) or
  • AML 3640: Native American Literature (3 hrs) or
  • LIT 4374: Literature of the Bible (3 hrs) or
  • ENL 3296: Gothic Literature (3 hrs)

Select at least two post-1865 literature courses


*Note: Each semester, additional courses may satisfy this requirement. Check with advisor for details.

Select 2: (6 Credit Hours)

  • AML 3041: American Literature II (3 hrs) or
  • AML 3283: Contemporary American Women’s Fiction (3 hrs) or
  • AML 3614: Topics in African-American Literature (3 hrs) or
  • AML 3615: Harlem, Haiti, and Havana (3 hrs) or
  • AML 3643: Contemporary Native American Prose and Poetry (3 hrs) or
  • AML 4101: American Novel (3 hrs) or
  • AML 4155: Modern American Poetry (3 hrs) or
  • AML 4261: Literature of the South (3 hrs) or
  • AML 4265: Florida Writers (3 hrs) or
  • AML 4321: Modern American Literature (3 hrs) or
  • AML 4630: Latino/Latina Literature (3 hrs) or
  • ENL 2022: English Literature II (3 hrs) or
  • ENL 4101: English Novel (3 hrs) or
  • ENL 4253: The Victorian Age: Poetry (3 hrs) or
  • ENL 4262: Nineteenth Century British Prose (3 hrs) or
  • ENL 4273: Modern British Literature (3 hrs) or
  • LIT 3082: Continental European Fiction Since 1900 (3 hrs) or
  • LIT 3192: Caribbean Literature (3 hrs) or
  • LIT 4043: Modern Drama As Literature (3 hrs) or
  • LIT 4184: Irish Literature (3 hrs) or
  • LIT 4303: Post-World War II Fiction (3 hrs) or
  • LIT 3823: Hispanic Women Writers (3 hrs)

Restricted Electives: (15 Credit Hours)

Upper Division Requirements

Choose one single author or major author course:

Select 1: (3 Credit Hours)

  • AML 4300: Major American Authors (3 hrs) or
  • ENL 4303: British Authors (3 hrs) or
  • ENL 4311: Chaucer (3 hrs) or
  • ENL 4333: Shakespeare Studies (3 hrs) or
  • ENL 4341: Milton and His Age (3 hrs) or
  • LIT 4244: World Authors (3 hrs)

Choose one linguistics or theory course:

Select 1: (3 Credit Hours)

  • ENG 3010: Practical Criticism (3 hrs) or
  • LlN 3010: Principles of Linguistics (3 hrs) or
  • LlN 4105: History of the English Language (3 hrs) or
  • LlN 4643: Cross Cultural Communication (3 hrs) or
  • LlN 4660: Linguistics and Literature (3 hrs) or
  • LlN 4680: Modern English Grammar (3 hrs) or
  • LIT 4554: Advanced Feminist Theories (3 hrs)

Select 3 additional upper level literature courses: (9 Credit Hours)

*Courses must have AML, ENL, ENG, or LIT prefixes

Foreign Language Requirements:

Proficiency equivalent to three semesters of college instruction in a foreign language taught by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or Judaic Studies. Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used to meet the requirement. With departmental approval, a cultural/multicultural or related course offered by the Department of English may be used to satisfy one semester of the Graduation requirement.

Online Courses:

Not all courses are provided in an online format, so course options are limited for the off campus or distant student. Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. More information is available here.

Departmental Exit Requirements:

Maintain and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses used toward the major. Computer Competency met by completion of ENC 3014, Theories and Techniques of Literature Study, 3 hrs.

University Minimum Exit Requirements:

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF

A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted. Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Semester Hours Required: 120

For additional information contact:

College of Arts and Humanities

Department of English

407-823-5596

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