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Literary Studies Emphasis (AA) - 60 credits

WHAT EXACTLY ARE LITERARY STUDIES?

Coursework focuses on the subject areas most central to the field of literary studies, and the likely requirements of an English major at most Minnesota four-year colleges and universities.

WHY STUDY LITERARY STUDIES?

This degree will provide sound preparation in subject knowledge, effective communications, and critical thinking skills that are needed in many career fields, ranging from business and law to humanities.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A LITERARY STUDIES DEGREE?

All Normandale English degrees are designed to transfer as general liberal arts degrees with a combination of general education requirements and English specialization.

Careers in Literary Studies

Types of Jobs

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Individuals who study history often work in the following professions:

  • College English Language Teachers
  • Editors
  • High School Teachers
  • Writers and Authors

 

Skills Acquired

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Literary studies programs include topics such as:

  • Literary analysis
  • Period and genre studies
  • Author studies
  • Literary criticism
  • Regional and oral traditions

Degrees & Certificates in Literary Studies

The Associate of Arts degree with a Literary Studies Emphasis satisfies the first two years of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum credits and also prepares English majors to enter a Bachelor of Arts program in this field.

Students will complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and electives for a total of 40 credits. Additionally, they will complete 20 credits for the English Studies Emphasis, resulting in an AA with a total of 60 credits.

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The Associate of Arts Degree with a Literary Studies Emphasis includes the entire Minnesota Transfer Curriculum credits and also prepares English majors to enter a Bachelor of Arts program in this field. Students must earn a B or better in ENGC 1101 before being admitted to the program.

Required Courses

Incorporate the following Required Courses into the General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or Additional Course Requirements sections below.

Code Title Credits
ENGC 2000 Writing about Literature 3
ENGL 2120 Shakespeare 3

Complete two of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
ENGL 2150 American Literature 1 4
ENGL 2151 American Literature 2 4
ENGL 2160 British Writers 1 4
ENGL 2161 British Writers 2 4

Complete one of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
ENGL 2130 African American Literature 3
ENGL 2133 Native American Literature 3

Complete one additional ENGL course numbered over 2100 for 3 credits.

 

General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)- 40 Credits

*See MnTC Curriculum for specific course options

GOAL 1: COMMUNICATION - 2 COURSES 

GOAL 2: CRITICAL THINKING
(met by completion of all 40 credits of the MnTC)

GOAL 3: NATURAL SCIENCES - 2 COURSES (Select from two different departments; at least one must include a lab) 

  • Course #1 
  • Course #2 

GOAL 4: MATHEMATICAL/LOGICAL REASONING - 1 COURSE

  • Course 

GOAL 5: HISTORY AND SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES -
2 COURSES (Select from two different departments)

  • Course #1
  • Course #2 

GOAL 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS- 2 COURSES
(Select from two different departments

  • Course #1 - met by taking required ENGL courses
  • Course #2

GOAL 7: HUMAN DIVERSITY - 1 COURSE

  • Course - met by taking required ENGL courses

GOAL 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE - 1 COURSE 

  • Course 

GOAL 9: ETHICAL AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY - 1 COURSE 

GOAL 10: PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT - 1 COURSE 

  • Course 

Additional Course Requirements - 20 credits

  • One Health (HLTH) course.
  • One Exercise Science (EXSC) course.
  • Elective credits - additional course(s) numbered 1000 and above, if needed to complete the 60 credit requirement

 

Other Degree Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the MnTC
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.