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English: Literature  

Through AU’s Bachelor of Arts in English with a Concentration in Literature, you will study great literature in its many forms, including novels, plays, poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction. You can take classes in American, British, and world literature as well as in special topics, such as Southern literature, women writers, science fiction, and film studies, to name a few. Through these works, you will explore many questions that emerge from the human condition: mortality, love, hate, power, and beauty. You will also examine the historical context of literatures, gain insights from a local, national, and international perspectives, and hone valuable skills in close reading, critical thinking, research and writing.


With a Bachelor of Arts in English: Literature, you’ll have the foundation for many career paths, including:

  • Education
  • Academia
  • Professional writing
  • Publishing
  • Editing
  • Copywriting
  • Library Science
  • Speech Therapy
  • Advertising
  • Government
  • Foreign Service
  • Technical writing
  • Public relations/publicity
  • Law
  • Business

Fascinating Courses

At AU, you will find your passion for literature nurtured and encouraged from faculty who share the same love for great literature both classic and modern. We invite you to join us in an educational adventure through literature. An English: Literature degree at AU requires 128 credit hours. Some of the courses that highlight our program include:

  • British Literature: Foundations: You’ll study the British literary tradition, including major periods, writers, genres and aesthetics and historical, social, and cultural contexts. You’ll read representative works from the Middle Ages through the 21st century.
  • Introduction to Literary Studies: Dive into the field of English studies, including critical theory, genres, research techniques, and advanced writing skills. We’ll emphasizes close reading, purposeful research, and critical writing, skills that are essential for producing informed, independent and original literary criticism. This is a foundational course for students specializing in literature, creative writing, and secondary English education.
  • Ethnic Literature: Special Topics: As a twenty-first century English major, it’s crucial to understand diverse and non-dominant literary and cultural traditions. This course covers multi-ethnic American literatures and/or literatures from around the world, exploring critical models, such as identity theory, post-colonialism, globalization and transnationalism, as well as cultural backgrounds to help you understand the literary texts.

From New York Times Bestselling Author to teaching abroad

Our graduates range from New York Times bestselling novelist Sue Monk Kidd to successful teachers in the country and abroad in Kenya, Korea and Japan. Some have entered graduate English programs at Clemson University, Colorado State University, North Carolina State University, the University of Maine and other universities. Other alumni have entered law school and master’s degree programs in speech therapy and library science. Please visit campus, meet our professors, and observe classes. Contact us at