Department of English


The English-Literature track at Auburn seeks to provide a student with various tools to read critically works of diverse periods, genres, and authors. While we do offer advanced courses in literatures written originally in languages other than English, the focus of the Major is English-Language Literature.

As a Literature Major, he or she will learn to improve writing skills by developing the ability to construct arguments from the texts he or she is studying, be conversant in the terms of a particular genre and the historical period in which a work was written, and be able to write using a critical methodology. The research project in the Seminar (ENGL 4800) provides the student with the opportunity to pull all these skills together in order to produce a document that can serve as a writing sample for a job or for graduate admission.

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Last Updated: October 13, 2016

English-Literature Track (36 credit hours)

  • At least 18 credit hours must be completed at Auburn.
  • At least 18 credit hours must be at the 4000 level or above.
  • No more than 6 credit hours may be at the 2000 level.
  • At least two literature courses must cover material produced before 1800 and at least two cover material produced after 1800. See department advisor for approved list of pre-1800 courses.
  • Effective Fall 2014, students must earn a ‘C’ or better in any course counted toward the English major.

Gateway Course: 2020 Introduction to Literary Studies (3 hours)

  • Effective for students declaring the English major in Fall 2019 and after

Major Core (9 hours)

  • Group I: Globalism, Sustainability and Diversity Course  (3)
    • 3710 Survey of African American Literature
    • 3850 Study in London
    • 3870 World English Literature
    • 4160 Technology, Literacy and Culture
    • 4450 African American Literature
    • 4710 Topics in Gender and Literature
    • 4720 Topics in Minority Voices and Literature
    • 4740 Environment, Literature and Culture
  • Group II: Linguistics or Rhetoric Course  (3)
    • 3110 Survey of Linguistics
    • 3120 Survey of Rhetoric
    • 4140 Language Variation
    • 4150 Topics in Language Study
    • 4160 Technology, Literacy and Culture
    • 4180 Rhetorical Theory and Practice
    • 5410 History of the English Language
  • 3130 Survey of Critical Theory  (3)

Major Track (15 hours)

  • 4300-level British Literature Course  (3)
  • 4400-level American Literature Course (3)
  • 4500-level Genre Course (3)
  • 4600-level Author or 4700-level Topics Course (3)
  • Capstone Course: 4800 Seminar in English (3)

Major Electives (9 hours)

Three additional English courses, at least two of which must be at the 3000-level or above

British Literature Faculty


  • Anna Riehl Bertolet

    Anna Riehl Bertolet

    Associate Professor/Director of Core Literature
    Elizabeth I, visual and material culture, gender studies, cultural studies

    9006 Haley Center
  • Craig Bertolet

    Craig Bertolet

    Professor/Director of Undergraduate Studies
    Medieval literature, Cultural Studies, Chaucer, Critical Theory & Cultural Studies
    (334) 844-9060
    9060 Haley Center

Renaissance/Early Modern


  • Emily Friedman

    Emily Friedman

    Associate Professor
    Eighteenth-century British literature and culture, the novel, history of the book, textual criticism
    (334) 844-9002
    9002 Haley Center
  • Don Wehrs

    Don Wehrs

    Hargis Professor of English Literature
    The novel, eighteenth-century British literature, critical theory
    (334) 844-9056
    9056 Haley Center


  • Alicia Carroll

    Alicia Carroll

    Associate Professor
    Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture; Green Cultural Studies
    (334) 844-9058
    9058 Haley Center
  • Chris Keirstead

    Chris Keirstead

    Professor/Assistant Chair for Instructors
    Nineteenth-century British literature and culture; poetry; Dickens; genre studies; travel writing
    (334) 844-9072
    9072 Haley Center


American Literature Faculty

Early American



World Literature

For more information

Craig Bertolet
Director of Undergraduate Studies
8064 Haley Center


Last Updated: October 13, 2016