The Literature BA Program: Academic Requirements
In addition to meeting general degree requirements, literature majors must complete a minimum of 11 literature courses, plus an 8-credit senior project, as outlined below.
Of the 11 courses:
- LIT 1520/Introduction to Literature is strongly recommended for freshmen considering the literature major.
- No more than two may be taken through the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, with permission of advisor.
- At least five must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.
- At least four must be taken at Purchase College.
- LIT 2450/Colloquium I: Studies in Literature
Generally taken in the second year; transfer students who want to major in literature must complete this course during their first semester at Purchase.
- Three courses in the literature sequence (courses that emphasize issues of history and period): One each from sequence I (before 1750), II (1750–1900), and III (1900–present)
- One course in Shakespeare
- LIT 3890/Literature Junior Seminar
- LIT 4450/Colloquium II: Advanced Studies in Literature
Generally taken in the second semester of the junior year.
- LIT 4885/Senior Project Seminar
- SPJ 4990/Senior Project I
- SPJ 4991/Senior Project II
Additional notes for literature majors:
- All courses taken to satisfy major requirements, excluding the senior project, must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
- Certain courses in language and culture and in theatre and performance (THP prefix) may fulfill the requirements. These courses are cross-referenced in the list of literature courses.
- Students may count toward the major up to 8 credits of writing courses at the 3000 or 4000 level. Writing courses at the 2000 level may not be counted toward the major requirements.
- Students may not use the required Shakespeare course to satisfy the Sequence I requirement.
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