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Lake Superior State University

Literature: Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

This program promotes a well-rounded study of literary texts across mulitiple genres and media in keeping with current scholarship and research in the field of English while honing skills significant to effective writing, critical thinking, and textual analysis.

Opportunities for publishing and editing are available through work on the literary journal, and the student-edited journal, or the monthly magazine.

Degree Requirements


Required Courses (45 credits)
  • COMM307 Classical/Contemporary Rhetoric 3
  • ENGL180 Introduction to Literary Studies 3
  • ENGL221 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
  • ENGL231 American Literature I 3
  • ENGL232 American Literature II 3
  • ENGL233 English Literature I 3
  • ENGL234 English Literature II 3
  • ENGL340 Genre Studies 3
  • ENGL404 Literature Before 1800 (Topic) 3
  • ENGL408 Literature After 1800 (Topic) 3
  • ENGL420 History of the English Language 3
  • ENGL421 History of Literary Criticism 3
  • ENGL490 Senior Thesis 3

Select one from: (3 credits)

  • ENGL235 Survey of Native Literature of North America 3
  • ENGL236 Literature and Culture 3

Select one from: (3 credits)

  • THEA251 History of Drama and Theatre I 3
  • THEA252 History of Drama and Theatre II 3
  • THEA309 Speech and Drama Productions 3
  • THEA333 Studies in the Drama: The Genre and Theater in Context 3

Foreign Language (14-16 credits)

Minor (minimum 20 credits)

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

Bachelor of Arts degree (8 credits): One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252; NATV141-NATV142 or NATV201-NATV202; or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.

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