Literature

Why Study Literature?

The study of English literature offers the discipline you need to read critically, offer constructive feedback on others’ writing, and consider literary representation in a wide range of cultural, historical, and interpretive contexts. Focus on your love of reading while developing the skills of a creative and rigorous thinker, effective communicator, and flexible problem solver—skills you can use in any number of careers or fields.

Requirements

36 hours of major coursework
46 Core Curriculum credits
12 humanities credits co-requirements
120 total credits for graduation
Full program requirements

Graduate Schools

North Park graduates have gone on to master’s and doctoral programs in many disciplines at schools that include University of Illinois, Northwestern University, University of St. Thomas, University of Chicago, McCormick Theological Seminary, Oxford University, and University of London.

Double Major

Common double majors include:art, biblical and theological studies, history, philosophy, politics and government, and secondary education.

Beyond the Classroom

Enhance your education through a variety of activities outside the classroom, including:

Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Reinhold Dooley

Dr. Reinhold Dooley teaches the modern and postmodern literature courses in the English major, challenging his students to see the ways cultural shifts impact their perceptions of the world.

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Interesting Classes

Explore the full range of English literature, with core classes that include:

  • American Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • English Romanticism
  • Postmodern Literature
  • Race and Literature