The General Literature concentration offers students an opportunity to explore literature from around the world, concentrating on the direct experience of fiction, drama, and poetry. A sequence of core survey courses focuses on the history and development of Western literature from its beginnings in the Hebrew and Greek eras through the 21st Century, placing authors and their works within a historical and cultural context. A wide range of upper division electives provides more depth in the study of special topics, genres, major authors and individual periods of literature as well as in regional and ethnically diverse literatures.
Most courses will require ever-increasing levels of individual research; some are specifically designated Information Literacy Intensive, Diversity Intensive, or Writing Intensive courses. Students will study and practice analysis and criticism and should improve their writing abilities whether individual English Department classes are designated Writing Intensive or not.
Students who complete this concentration should have a solid foundation in the history of literature, a mature insight into various authors and major works, and a personal confidence in their ability to write, to criticize, and to evaluate literature. The Literature major provides a solid foundation for students who plan to continue the study of literature in graduate school, but also prepares students well for law, medicine, business, and other graduate programs. Perhaps even more important, students who engage in the intense study of literature naturally develop an awareness and appreciation for human values and a life-long enjoyment of good literature.
Teacher Licensure with Bachelor of Arts in Literature
The Teaching Licensure in Literature concentration is designed especially for prospective teachers; this special curriculum supplements the core requirements of the concentration in literature or creative writing to prepare students in the broad range of areas expected of English teachers, including literature, composition, and the history of the English language. This program has rigorous requirements, and planning ahead is wise. Student teaching, the senior thesis, and comprehensive exams in literature all converge in the senior year, along with other courses that may be needed outside the major. Students who undertake this path need to work closely with their advisors to ensure their success.
Declaration of Major
Declaring a major in Literature requires the student to complete a Declaration of Major form that must be signed by the department chair. Before declaring a major, students must satisfy the LANG 120 requirement.
Declaration of Minor
Students may minor in Literature by completing 20 hours of specified Literature courses; students may minor in creative writing by completing 20 hours of specified Language and Literature courses. Declaring a minor requires students to complete a Declaration of Minor form that must be signed by the department chair.
Review the course descriptions and major/minor requirements in the UNC Asheville Course Catalog for each of the English department concentrations.