Welcome to the KU Literature Program

The English department offers several programs in its literature branch: a BA/English, BA/English with a Cultural and Media Studies concentration, a BA/English with Paralegal Studies, and a minor in Literature.

The BA requires basic courses in American and British Literature and Literary theory and analysis. Students choose English electives from a wide range of courses that include world literature, diverse literature, and genre literature. The cluster requirement asks students to coordinate their concomitant and elective courses with their literature courses, thus broadening their understanding of interdisciplinary relationships.

The Concentration in Cultural and Media Studies is a response to the way media both reflect and direct awareness of our historical moment in a rapidly shifting cultural landscape. In this concentration, students take 18 credits in areas such as print, cinematic, and electronic media.

Paralegal Studies offers students an opportunity to combine their literary studies with 21 credits of basic law courses in legal ethics, research, and writing. The program entails the study of the paralegal profession as well as the limitations imposed by unauthorized practice of law.

The department also offers a Literature Minor of 18 credits, open to students in any major.

The department offers a range of courses: Medieval and Renaissance studies, British and American literature, African-American literature, Gender and Sexuality studies, Cinema and Media studies, Contemporary literatures, and Literary theory.

Please follow the Literature links for complete descriptions of all Literature programs and course offerings.

Detailed Program Descriptions
Literature Course Descriptions
Curriculum Checksheet
Planning Your Program Cluster

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