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Is an Online English Literature Degree Right for You?

Discover how to hone your skills and turn your passion for reading and writing into a career with an online English literature degree at Southern New Hampshire University.

With our BA in English Language and Literature degree, you will gain the communication and research skills that are prized by employers. Learn to think critically and write effectively in any career you choose.

The online English literature degree opens up many career possibilities, including writing and teaching. Graduates with an English literature degree also go on to become lawyers, politicians, marketing communications professionals, historians, museum curators, nonprofit directors and more.

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Why an Online English Literature Degree at SNHU?

As a private, nonprofit, accredited university, we focus on ensuring you obtain the skills you need to succeed. Whether you enroll in the English literature degree online or on campus, you will benefit from all SNHU has to offer:

Online English Literature Degree - Outcomes

The English literature degree program is designed to provide you with a broad set of skills that translates into virtually any field. This includes:

  • Effective written and oral communication skills: Learn how to develop, craft and present ideas and stories that help you convince, persuade and educate.
  • The ability to think critically and creatively: Discover how to uncover and dissect various viewpoints in order to create new concepts and stories.
  • Knowledge of literary classics: Gain a unique perspective and understanding of the world by reading, evaluating and discussing literature that's influenced society.
  • Proficiency in research strategies: Learn proven techniques for pinpointing and analyzing information that helps you build support for your ideas and opinions.

Online English Literature Degree - Careers

The English literature degree's emphasis on writing, research and critical analysis opens up a world of options after graduation. Graduates may go on to become teachers, lawyers, corporate communications executives, consultants, historians, advertising and public relations specialists, and more.

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Transfer of Credit

If you're a student who wants to transfer to SNHU or if you simply want to finish what you’ve started, we try to make transferring as easy as possible. We will accept up to 90 transferred academic credits and we automatically complete an official credit evaluation as part of the application review process.

Online English Literature Degree - Curriculum

The English literature degree program includes an extensive overview of American and British literature and a sampling of world literature. You'll also take courses in linguistics, grammar, advanced nonfiction writing and the works of Shakespeare. Optional courses include Greco-Roman and medieval literature and writing workshops in poetry, fiction, journalism and drama.

Required Core Courses

School of Arts and Sciences Required Courses

FAS-201: Introduction to Humanities I
This course offers vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts in history, religion, literature, music and ideas. It focuses on the achievements of ancient Greece and Rome, the medieval period and the Renaissance while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of FAS-202.
FAS-202: Introduction to Humanities II
This course offers vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts in history, religion, literature, music and ideas. It focuses on the cultural periods of the Baroque, the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Early Modernism while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of FAS-201.

Select One of the Following:

HIS ELE - Students may select one 100-level History elective
HIS ELE - Students may select one 200-level History elective

English Language and Literature (BA) Online Major Courses

ENG-350: The English Language
This course is an introduction to the following topics in English linguistics: history of English, etymology, vocabulary (morphology), phonology, dictionaries, syntax, semantics, dialects, discourse analysis, and child language acquisition. The course is designed for students who want to learn about the English language as preparation for teaching, or for becoming better writers, or for studying literature. Students will have the opportunity to research, write about, and present on a linguistic topic of individual interest such as the language of advertising or propaganda.
Prerequisites:
ENG-120 or 120H and junior standing or instructor permission
LIT-300: Literary Theory
This course is an introduction to the major schools of contemporary critical theory, and an examination of principal exponents of these theories. The student will become familiar with the most important features of psychoanalytic criticism, Marxism and feminism and examine the meaning of structuralism and post-structuralism. In addition, the course affords an opportunity to practice applying the theories to specific literary texts. Not available every semester.
Prerequisites:
ENG-120 or 120H and junior standing or instructor permission
LIT-319: Shakespeare
Students in LIT 319 study selected Shakespearian comedies, tragedies and chronicle plays. The course also provides the students with a general overview of the Elizabethan era and the world in which Shakespeare lived and worked. Not available every semester.
Prerequisites:
ENG-120 or ENG-120H

LIT ELE - Students may select one 200-level Literature elective
LIT ELE - Students may select three (3) 300-level Literature electives
LIT ELE - Students may select one 400-level Literature elective

Select Either Option of the Following:

LIT-485: Senior Thesis in Literature
This course is an option for seniors of exceptional ability who are majoring in English language and literature and who wish to have a graduate-level research and writing experience in some chosen area of American, British or world literature. Students must petition to take the course. The following requirements are for undergraduate day campus students. Students who receive permission from the area coordinator/department chair and their academic advisors must proceed to formulate a written thesis proposal and assemble a three-person academic support committee, equipped with relevant expertise, no later than March 30th of the junior year. The proposal will then be submitted for approval to the individual's advisory committee. Assuming the project is universally approved, the student will meet with one or more members of the committee on a biweekly basis to review progress on research and written work. The final result will be a scholarly essay of 40 to 60 pages, to be presented as an academic paper in a public forum at least three weeks before graduation. Offered on an ongoing basis, as this is a yearlong course option. The following requirements are for undergraduate COCE students: Students who receive permission from their academic advisors must proceed to formulate a written thesis proposal to be submitted for approval to the selected instructor. If the project is approved, the student will collaborate with the instructor in the online course to review progress on research and written work. The final result will be a scholarly essay of 40 to 60 pages, to be presented to the instructor as a cohesive and polished academic paper with a supplemental essay that outlines plans to present/publish the paper after the course is complete. Offered on an ongoing basis, as this is, at a minimum, a two-term research and writing project.

LIT ELE - Students may select two (2) 300 or 400-level Literature electives

Select One of the Following:

ENG-327: Play Writing Workshop
This course is a roundtable forum in which 10 to 15 students will write stage plays of various lengths using traditional and experimental methods and forms. Members of the class will produce at intervals to be established by the instructor and will take turns presenting their works to the group for comment and discussion. The class will produce some student plays during the term. May not be used as a literature elective. Not available every semester. Writing Intensive Course.
Prerequisites:
ENG-120 or ENG-120H
ENG-328: Poetry Writing Workshop
This course is a roundtable forum in which 10 to 15 students will write short or long poems using traditional and experimental forms. Members of the class will produce on a weekly basis and take turns presenting their manuscripts to the group for commentary and discussion. May not be used as a literature elective. Not available every semester.
Prerequisites:
ENG-120 or ENG-120H
ENG-329: Fiction Writing Workshop
This course is a roundtable forum in which 10 to 15 students will write short or long fiction using the techniques of 19th-century realism as well as modernist and experimental techniques. Members of the class will produce on a weekly basis and take turns presenting their manuscripts to the group for commentary and discussion. May not be used as a literature elective. Not available every semester.
Prerequisites:
ENG-120 or ENG-120H
ENG-330: Nonfiction Writing Workshop
This course introduces students to the basic skills and principles of writing creative nonfiction and magazine feature articles. Student-centered workshop critiques and frequent conferences with the instructor are the primary methods used in the course. The course includes significant reading assignments in nonfiction genres.
Prerequisites:
ENG-120 or ENG-120H

Free Elective Credits: 33

Total Credits: 120

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