Elementary (Childhood) Education English Concentration


English Concentration Requirements Checklist

The English Concentration consists of 30 semester hours (s.h.) of courses offered by the English Department or accepted by the English Department as substitutions.


LITR 150: Introduction to Literary Studies (3 s.h.)
COMP 290:Writing About Literature (3 s.h.)
LING 210: Traditional Grammar: English (3 s.h.)
One Multicultural Course (3 s.h.) 
One Major Author Course (3 s.h.)

SELECTED COURSEWORK (Courses marked with ** awaiting SUNY aproval, Chair will complete Substitution Waiver form upon request): [15 s.h.] (by advisement)

I. Four Period Courses (12 s.h.)

Select at least one from each of the following categories (must be AH2/H3):

Group A: Beginning through Medieval
Group B: Renaissance to 1800
Group C: 1800 to present

*In order to meet the Period-Courses requirement, students must choose one(1) ALIT, one(1) ELIT, one (1)WLIT and one additional course from the Period-Courses list. For example, to fulfill the four-course requirement a student could take WLIT 227, ALIT 200, ELIT 245 and one(1) additional course with any of the following designations: ALIT, ELIT, LITR, or WLIT. 
**Courses awaiting SUNY approval towards Concentration, upon request Chair will complete Substitution Waiver form.

II. One 200-level or 300-level English Department Electives (ALIT, COMP, ELIT, LING, LITR, or WLIT) (3 s.h.)


  1. Students must successfully complete LITR 150 and COMP 290 no more than one year after declaring an English Concentration.
  2. With the exception of LITR 150, only courses at the 200 and 300 level may be counted toward the concentration.
  3. In order to receive departmental credit for LITR 150, each student must achieve a grade of “C” or better.
  4. As of Spring 2006, most courses offered by the English Department have new prerequisites. All students are strongly encouraged to discuss these changes with their academic advisors, as well as to check the College Catalog for details about individual course prerequisites. Generally, 200-level courses require COMP 100 and LITR 100 or LITR 150. Most 300-level courses require COMP 200, LITR 150, LITR 250, as well as 6 s.h. of 200-level courses in ALIT, ELIT, LING, LITR, or WLIT.
  5. Selected coursework options are listed by the required categories they satisfy (see below). No course may be applied toward the major in more than one category.


WLIT 201: Renaissance to the 18th Century (HO2/OW3)
WLIT 202:18th Century to the Present (HO2/OW3)
WLIT 241: Literatures of the Middle East (HO2/OW3)
WLIT 242: Muslim Women Writers (HO2/OW3)

WLIT 257: Modern Black Literature (HO2/OW3)
WLIT 270: Postcolonial Lit. and Culture: Africa (HO2/OW3)
WLIT 271: Postcolonial Lit. and Culture: The Americas (HO2/OW3)
WLIT 281: The Chinese Novel (HO2/OW3)
WLIT 315: Ancient Religious Writings (HO2/OW3)

MAJOR AUTHORS (choose 1)

ALIT 260: Henry James 
ALIT 280: Jack London (AH2/H3)
ALIT 369: Rachel Carson (AH2/H3) **
ALIT 370: Hemingway & Faulkner 
ALIT 371: Cooper & His Country 
ALIT 372: Mark Twain 
ALIT 373: Upstate New York Writers 
ALIT 374: Hawthorne & Melville 
ALIT 375: Burroughs & Nature Writing

ELIT 270: Shakespeare
ELIT 273: Milton 
ELIT 275: Jane Austen
ELIT 364: Dickens
ELIT 370: Chaucer 
ELIT 371: Shakespeare & Culture (AH2/H3)
WLIT 268: James Joyce
WLIT 283: Homer** 
WLIT 317: Yeats


Choose Four (4) Total 
Students must choose one(1) ALIT, one (1)ELIT, one (1)WLIT and any other course from the Period Courses list. One(1) must be AH2/H3. In other words, if you take a Beginnings through Medieval ELIT course, such as ELIT 200, you will need a WLIT and an ALIT course in each of the other two periods. Be especially careful that you do no take two (2) ALIT courses to fulfill two (2) periods (Renaissance to 1800 & 1800 to Present).

**Courses awaiting SUNY approval towards Concentration. Upon request Chair will complete Substitution Waiver form.


COMP 315: Imitating the Masters: Early Literary Criticism Classical to Renaissance (can substitute for WLIT)
ELIT 200: English Literature - Beginnings to Early (AH2/H3) 
ELIT 240: Medieval English Literature 
ELIT 370: Chaucer
WLIT 200: World Literature--Ancient to Medieval 

WLIT 212: Survey of Greek & Roman Literature 
WLIT 225: The Greek Dramatists (AH2/H3)
WLIT 227: Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece (AH2/H3)
WLIT 231: Mythology 
WLIT 235: Comedy and Satire in Greece and Rome **
WLIT 260: The Bible as Literature 
WLIT 315: Ancient Religious Writings **

GROUP B: RENAISSANCE TO 1800 Choose One (1)

ALIT 200: American Literature to 1865 (AH2/H3)
ELIT 201: Renaissance to 18th Century (AH2/H3)
ELIT 241: The English Renaissance 
ELIT 243: 18th-Century English Literature (AH2/H3)
ELIT 270: Shakespeare (AH2/H3)
ELIT 272: 17th-Century English Literature (AH2/H3)

ELIT 273: Milton (AH2/H3)
ELIT 287: From Romance to Gothic **
ELIT 371: Shakespeare & Culture (AH2/H3)
WLIT 201: World Literature--Renaissance to 18th Century 
WLIT 281: The Chinese Novel **

GROUP C: 1800 TO PRESENT Choose One (1)

ALIT 201: American Literature 1865-Present (AH2/H3)
ALIT 207: Survey of Environmental Literature (AH2/H3)
ALIT 210: American Poetry (AH2/H3)
ALIT 215: 19th-Century American Novel (AH2/H3)
ALIT 216: Modern American Fiction (AH2/H3)
ALIT 217: Contemporary American Fiction (AH2/H3)
ALIT 225: Modern American Drama (AH2/H3)
ALIT 226: Contemporary American Poetry (AH2/H3)
ALIT 240: The American Renaissance (AH2/H3)
ALIT 241: Realism and Naturalism (AH2/H3)**
ALIT 245: Literature of the American Civil War** 
ALIT 250: African-American Literature (AH2/H3)**
ALIT 255: 20th-Century Irish-American Lit. (AH2/H3)**
ALIT 260: Henry James**
ALIT 280: Jack London (AH2/H3)**
ALIT 286: African-American Women Writers (AH2/H3)**
ALIT 303: Literature of Imprisonment** 
ALIT 351: Literature of the Harlem Renaissance **
ALIT 369: Rachel Carson (AH2/H3) **
ALIT 370: Hemingway and Faulkner **
ALIT 371: Cooper and His Country **
ALIT 372: Mark Twain **
ALIT 373: Upstate New York Writers **
ALIT 374: Hawthorne & Melville (AH2/H3)**

ALIT 375: Burroughs & Nature Writing **
ELIT 202: English Literature--18th Century to Present (AH2/H3)**
ELIT 215: The English Novel (AH2/H3)**
ELIT 245: English Writers of the Romantic Age (AH2/H3)**
ELIT 246: Victorian Literature (AH2/H3)**
ELIT 247: 20th-Century English Writers (AH2/H3)**
ELIT 274: Modern British Poets **
ELIT 275: Jane Austen** 
ELIT 364: Dickens **
WLIT 202: World Literature--18th Century to the Present** 
WLIT 215: Great World Novels (AH2/H3)**
WLIT 241: Literatures of the Middle East **
WLIT 242: Muslim Women Writers **
WLIT 250: European Literature and Culture **
WLIT 253: Contemporary Irish Writers (AH2/H3)**
WLIT 257: Modern Black Literature **
WLIT 268: James Joyce **
WLIT 270: Postcolonial Literature & Culture: Africa **
WLIT 271: Postcolonial Literature & Culture: The Americas** 
WLIT 280: The Catholic Imagination (AH2/H3)**
WLIT 285: Portraits of the Artist (AH2/H3)**
WLIT 317: Yeats**
WLIT 380: Writing and Violence**

If Not Taken to Fulfill Other Requirements,
Take One (1) Period Course From the Three (3) Areas Listed Above and/or From:

LITR 215: Contemporary Novel (AH2/H3)
LITR 220: Short Fiction (AH2/H3)
LITR 222: Science Fiction **
LITR 225: Masterpieces of the Theater 
LITR 226: Modern Drama (AH2/H3)
LITR 237: Fantasy **
LITR 244: Contemporary Literature (AH2/H3)
LITR 283: Women’s Literature (AH2/H3)

LITR 284: Writing the Land: Literature of Place
LITR 285: Autobiography, Gender, and Culture 
LITR 286: Gender & Geography: Women’s Environmental Writing
LITR 306: Children's Literature **
LITR 345: Native American Literatures **
LITR 350: Contemporary Critical Theory ** 


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