Department of English

Graduate Program

Contact Info
Dr. Jen Bacon
532 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

Literature Track

Non-Thesis Option
(36 semester hours)

The literature track is a flexible, year round program that offers a breadth of courses in American Literature, English Literature, World Literature, and Comparative Literature.  It allows students to strengthen their analytical and critical thinking so they can build upon their undergraduate coursework, improve their teaching of literature, or prepare for enrollment into a doctoral program.  The non-thesis option provides students with additional coursework for a broader range of knowledge.


Required (6 semester hours)

              1. ENG 500 The Discipline of English Studies

              2. ENG 501 Critical Theory


Course Selection (15 semester hours)

              3. One course in literature before 1500

              4. One course in literature between 1500 and 1660

              5. One course in literature between 1660 and 1800

              6. One course in literature between 1800 and 1900

              7. One course in literature after 1900


Electives (15 semester hours)

              8. Four elective from any course in General Topics and Theory, American Literature, English                   Literature, Comparative Literature, Composition and Rhetoric, and Research and Special Topics

              9. One free elective from any ENG course.  PAWLP courses may not be chosen.


Additional Requirements

              10. At least one course must be in American Literature

              11. At least one course must be in a non-canonical topic