2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Sep 30, 2023  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Literature and Writing Major

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English Literature and Writing Overview


The English and Comparative Literature major offers courses in creative, expository, and technical writing; linguistics; literary studies; and literature. This is a broad-based major that requires proficiency in a number of approaches, from historical, generic, and theoretical, to the study of language and literature. Students may also choose to focus more narrowly on literature, writing, linguistics, or technical communication. English majors prepare for careers in teaching and research, advertising and publishing, radio and television…any field in which communication and critical judgment go hand-in-hand.


Students must complete 32 units of credit (128 semester hours) to earn a B.A. degree. The requirements for the B.A. degree fall into four categories:

  • major area courses-8 units
  • courses meeting general distribution requirements-17 units
  • elective courses-6 units
  • a “perspectives” capstone course-1 unit

The Major

Eight units in the major are required. Transfer students must take at least half the courses in their major areas and all upper-level major requirements at Clark University.

Distribution Requirements

Students are required to take 17 units to meet the general distribution requirement. This requirement is designed to give students a broad liberal arts background in which they can pursue their chosen majors or specialized concentrations. A general outline of courses falling in each discipline may be found preceding the course descriptions. Students should also review all interdepartmental (IDND) courses, many of which fulfill one or more area requirements. The student’s Summer & Evening Division academic advisor can identify which courses meet particular requirements.

The 17 units must be distributed as follows:

  • English/Verbal Expression- two units
  • Humanities (these courses must be distributed among at least three disciplines)- six units
  • Science/Mathematics (at least one course in each of these disciplines is required)- four units
  • Social Sciences (these courses must be distributed among at least three disciplines)- five units


Six electives are required for the B.A. degree. These elective courses may be selected from the entire spectrum of courses, so that the student may broaden his or her knowledge. One course must be taken in computer/information science. Students who are already computer literate may have this requirement waived by the associate dean.

Perspectives Course

In the senior or graduating year, degree candidates are required to take a “perspectives” course.  Since perspective courses vary from year to year, students should consult with their academic advisors. Current perspective course must be international in their focus.



Note that these requirements are the same for any B.A. major. Requirements for B.S. majors are different.

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