English B.A., Film, Media, and Culture Concentration

Dr. Lauren Pilcher teaching a class on film

We live in a rapidly changing world, and as the world changes, our modes of expression change with it.  The department’s new concentration in Film, Media, and Culture is designed to help students achieve success in navigating that changing world of expression.  The concentration builds on the study of film history and theory to engage students in analysis of the newest forms of media, including graphic texts, digital texts, and video.  The concentration focuses on a cultural approach, exploring how such texts reflect and shape our ideas about ourselves and the world around us.

We offer a wide range of courses on film history and analysis, as well as classes that incorporate film and new media.  Courses in critical theory and the history of film help students develop a critical expertise and hone their own powers of creativity and communication. The degree in Film, Media, and Culture develops critical thinkers and effective communicators and produces graduates whose skills are in demand by a wide range of employers.

Courses and Capstones

Catalog course descriptions, which provide a general overview of our regularly offered courses, are here

Class section descriptions, which provide more details of how upcoming scheduled class sections will be taught by specific instructors, are here.

We also offer upper-division special topics courses and single author special topics courses in the major. Recent special topics classes include:

  • American Film and the South
  • 21st Century American Fiction
  • Captivity and Freedom
  • Haunting and the Literary Imagination
  • Race & Gender in Latin American Literature
  • From the Roaring Twenties to Reunification: Berlin through the Ages

Recent single author special topics classes include:

  • Don DeLillo
  • E. L. Doctorow
  • Louise Erdrich
  • Herman Melville
  • Miyazaki & 19th-Century Literature
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • Alice Walker

Students complete their program in the Literature Concentration by choosing a Senior Capstone project. Options include an undergraduate thesis, an internship, and study abroad.

What Can I Do with a Degree in English?

The degree in English develops critical thinkers and effective communicators, people whose skills are applicable in a wide range of careers including education, publishing, writing, information and research, media, politics and public service. According to the 2012 census, 23% of English majors have careers in education, training, and library, while 17% go into management, business, sciences, and the arts (Source: ADE&ADFL). The skills you master as an English major could prepare you for a job as a staff culture writer, a professor, a research associate, a nonprofit grant writer, a program officer at a think tank or foundation, or a curriculum designer at an education technology company (Source: MLA Profession). English majors develop written/oral communication skills, listening skills, strong reading abilities, critical thinking and creative problem solving abilities, storytelling, research skills, the ability to work independently, the ability to justify ideas and articulate arguments, respect for deadlines, the ability to learn quickly and accurately, and respect for different cultures and world views.

Employers want and need graduates who can write and communicate well, who can analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information, who have organizational, time management, and teamwork skills, who appreciate diverse viewpoints, and who have a global perspective. The courses and programs in the Department of English, which is the cornerstone of a liberal arts education, will help you to master these skills and become a lifelong learner.

Research Opportunities

The Corinthian: Students work with literature faculty mentors to revise essays for submission and blind review by our university's student research  journal. Recently, literature student Teddi Strassburger was the editor of The Corinthian, and three literature students published articles in The CorinthianSarah Beth Gilbert, "Veiling with Abjection: Carson McCullers' Reflections in Golden Eye"Mikaela LaFave, "Mother Knows Best: The Overbearing Mother in Coriolanus and Psycho"; and Hannah Miller, "Whiteness, the Real Intermediary Agent: Harriet E. Wilson’s Medium for Amalgamation in Our Nig; or, Sketches in the Life of a Free Black"Facebook | Web

Student Research Conference: Students work with literature faculty mentors to prepare presentations for the annual event that is organized by MURACE (Mentored Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors).  Recent presentations by literature students include Elise O'Neal, "Henry James' Turn of the Screw and the Dangerous Ambiguity of Transcendental Belief" and Christian Pontalti, "That's Been Done Before: Tropes and Cliché in The Canterbury Tales.Web

Women's and Gender Studies Symposium: The annual event is organized by the Women's and Genders Studies Program. Literature professors Dr. Mary Magoulick and Dr. Katie Simon serve on the Women's Studies Board. Recent presentations by literature students include Catherine Maloney, "A Southern Girl's Guide to the Apocalypse" and "The Bisexual Ghosts in the Closet"; Sophia DiCarlo, "'Are You My Mother? Assumptions of Femininity and Motherhood in Hudes's Water by the Spoonful" and "Transcendent Familial Roles in Hamlet and A Thousand Splendid Suns"; Matthew Dombrowski, "Motherhood, Misconceptions, and Myth: In the Blood as Welfare Queen Allegory" and "Fetishized Identitites: Orientalism, Authority and Escapism in Jasmine and Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits"; and Emmie Meadows, "Prostitution: The Road to Empowerment."

Degree Requirements

Area F

ENGL 2120 Intro to British Literature

ENGL 2130 American Literature

ENGL 2150 Shakespeare

ENGL 2160 Studies in International Lit

ENGL 2200 Engaging Texts



FREN 2002 Interm Fren Lang & Culture II

GRMN 2002 Inter German Lang & Culture II

ITAL 2002 Interm Ital Lang & Culture II

SPAN 2002 Interm Span Lang & Culture II

If a student places out of any language at the 2002 level, area F.2 may be replaced by any 1000-2000 level AFST, ARTS, BLST, HIST, IDST, LING, MSCM, MUSC, PHIL, RELI, THEA, or WMST course not used to fulfill areas B, C, & E (3 hours).

(Any transfer student who has not completed the courses in Area F, or their equivalents, must take these remaining courses at GC.)


American Topics

ENGL 4530 Early American Literature

ENGL 4540 American Romanticism

ENGL 4555 American Realism

ENGL 4662 Southern Literature

ENGL 4664 Flannery O’Connor

ENGL 4660 Modern American Literature

ENGL 4667 African-American Literature

ENGL 4669 Multicultural American Literature

ENGL 4671 Native American Literature

ENGL 4675 Contemporary American Lit

ENGL 4680 Hip Hop Literature and Culture


ENGL 4910 Special Topics in American Lit


British Topics

ENGL 4223 Chaucer

ENGL 4226 Topics in Shakespeare

ENGL 4227 Milton

ENGL 4220 Medieval English Literature

ENGL 4228 Development of English Drama

ENGL 4229 English Renaissance Drama

ENGL 4330 Restoration & 18th-Century Lit

ENGL 4331 18th-Century English Novel

ENGL 4335 English Romanticism

ENGL 4337 Victorian Literature

ENGL 4338 19th-Century English Novel

ENGL 4441 20th-Century British Fiction

ENGL 4820 Jane Austen on Film


ENGL 4915 Special Topics in British Lit


Film History

Satisfactorily complete the following course:

ENGL 3950 Film History 3

Total Credit Hours: 3


Introduction to Film Studies

Satisfactorily complete the following course:

ENGL 4810 Film Studies

Total Credit Hours: 3


Film Theory

Satisfactorily complete the following course:

ENGL 4830 Special Topics in Film, Television, and New Media 3

Total Credit Hours: 3



Satisfactorily complete two of the following courses:

ENGL 4740 Women in Pop Culture 3

ENGL 4820 Jane Austen in film 3

ENGL 4890 American Film and the South 3

ENGL 4910 Special Topics in American Literature (focus on Film) 3

ENGL 4915 Special Topics in British Literature (focus on Film) 3

ENGL 4925 Special Topics in Post-1800 Lit (focus on Film) 3

Total Credit Hours: 6


Junior Seminar

ENGL 3900 Critical Approaches to Literature


Senior Seminar

ENGL 4900 Seminar of Lang & Literature


Senior Capstone Experience

ENGL 4960 Internship (fall semester)

ENGL 4970 Thesis (fall semester)

ENGL 4999 Undergraduate Research (fall or spring semester or summer session; must be cross-listed with an upper-level literature course taught by a faculty member in the GCSU literature program to count for Capstone credit)

ENGL 4024 Writing in the Schools (spring semester; must also take ENGL 4023, offered fall semester)

ENGL 4025 Journal Editing (fall semester)

***Study Abroad can used as a capstone experience either through completing an internship abroad in conjunction with ENGL 4960 or through completing a research project abroad with a GCSU faculty member in conjunction with ENGL 4999