American Literature

Arts and Humanities

American Literature

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  • Academic Plan
  • Cognate
    Arts and Humanities
  • Responsible Academic Unit

    Contact Info
    • Name: Timothy Watson
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    • Phone: Please contact by email
    • Location: 401 Ashe
  • Recommended for
    Because all English Department literature courses are writing-intensive, this cognate is recommended for students interested in literature who wish to improve their writing and need courses to fulfill the university writing requirement.
  • Required Courses
    Students must complete at least 3 courses for at least 9 credits.
  • Number of Groups: 2

Cognate Categories


The wide range of literature in the United States from its origins to the present day. Students will have the opportunity to study such topics as American fictional traditions (and authors like Hawthorne, Melville, and Henry James), ethnic literature (including African American, Asian American, and Jewish American writings), and important cultural issues that are reflected in the literature (such as urbanization and political turmoil).

Option Groups

Complete exactly 2 of the following option groups:

*Indicates an inactive course

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