Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

English Literature, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Concentration in Language and Literature - Liberal Studies

Students pursuing a B.S. in Secondary Education must take the following courses within the Language and Literature track to fulfill NCATE and PDE requirements. These courses include: ENGL 204, ENGL 305, ENGL 307, and ENGL 328. Secondary Education majors should work closely with their academic advisers.

Students pursuing a B.A. in English: Language and Literature without the B.S. in Secondary Education may take approved electives. Choose from the following: ENGL 248, ENGL 298, ENGL 311, ENGL 410 or any course listed below that has not already been taken. Approval by academic adviser and department chair is required.

Program Learning Outcomes

English Literature - Language and Literature, BA

  • Interaction with Diverse Literary Texts: Display knowledge of discipline specific content through written and oral interaction with diverse literary and cultural texts.  
  • Methods of Discipline Specific Analysis: Apply principle methods of discipline specific analysis, and understand the basic assumptions and theoretical constructs that guide criticism 
  • Literature and Language as Cultural Artifacts: Express how literature and language, as cultural artifacts, respond to and record the value systems of diverse cultures and human experiences

Universal Program Outcomes

  • Research Tools and Resources: Use the research tools and resources of the profession, integrate them effectively into interpretive arguments, and properly document sources according to professional standards.
  • Knowledge of Technology: Display knowledge of technologies that support both written and oral communication.
  • Degree Program Writing Competency - Understanding of the Writing Process : Understand the writing process to communicate ideas effectively to a variety of audiences.

Related Links

English Literature - Language and Literature, BA Program Page

English Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Modern Language Requirement0-9
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements39

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Select nine to ten credits:9-10
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours42-43

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 20 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 20 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • Students pursuing a B.S. in Secondary Education must take this course option to fulfill NCATE and PDE requirements: ENGL 204ENGL 305ENGL 307ENGL 328 (by advisement for Ed. Majors).
  • Students pursuing a B.A. in Language and Literature without the B.S. in Secondary Education may take the other designated courses in lieu of these. For electives, choose from among: ENGL 248 (Eastern Lit), ENGL 298 (Selected Topics), ENGL 311 (Chaucer), ENGL 410 (Lit of the Env), a course listed above that you have not already taken, or another course approved by your adviser and the department chair.
Required Courses
ENGL 204Composition and Rhetoric 13
or ENGL 220 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies
ENGL 312Introduction to Shakespeare 13
or ENGL 389 Stratford Shakespeare Tour
ENGL 317British Literature I 13
ENGL 318British Literature II 13
ENGL 319American Literature I 13
ENGL 320American Literature II 13
ENGL 402World Literature 13
ENGL 403Literary and Cultural Theory 13
Required English Courses
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Linguistics and Grammar 1
Chaucer and Medieval Culture 1
Historical Development of the English Language 1
Modern English Grammar and Syntax 1
Required English Literature Course
Select one of the following:3
African-American Literature 1
Literature of the Women's Movement 1
Native American Literature 1
U.S. Latino/a Literatures 1
Asian Literature 1
Select any two English courses: 26
Total Hours39

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

ENGLISH - English Literature - BA (5 25)
Concentration in Language and Literature (LLIT)
This program is effective as of Fall 2014
Revised 8-2018