The B.A. in English with a concentration in Literature allows students to explore their own literary and linguistic heritage and to become acquainted with representative works of major world writers. We offer a wide range of courses in English, American, multicultural, and international literature. Courses in critical theory and the history and structure of the language help students sharpen their analytical faculties, encourage clarity of thought and expression, and stimulate and develop the critical and creative imagination. The degree in literature 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. Our recent graduates have gone on to study literature in graduate school, both at Georgia College and around the country, and to study law. Look here for more information on what you can do with an English major.
As a literature student, your time in the program will be dedicated to the cultivation of literary appreciation and critical inquiry. English majors in the Literature concentration develop a sense of literary tradition and cultural history while refining their analytical skills reading and writing about both classical and canonical as well as contemporary and cutting edge literature.
A booklet listing recent extracurricular opportunities, special topics courses, capstone opportunities, graduate admissions, and career paths is here.
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 literature 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). Literature 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.
Literary Guild is Georgia College's book club. The club is sponsored by the English Department but is open to non-majors as well. It meets once a month to discuss novels or watch film adaptations suggested by the membership, ranging from classics like The Great Gatsby to modern day satire like Good Omens. Recently, the club held book discussions on The Book Thief, Ender's Game, and Bossypants, hosted book adaptation movie nights for Gone Girl and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and held its second Book Bonanza, a philanthropic event that sells and trades books and donates a portion of the leftover books to Better World Books. In this wildly successful year, Literary Guild was fortunate enough to raise $400. Ms. Nancy Beasley is the faculty advisor. Email | Facebook | GC Connect
The Peacock's Feet is Georgia College's own undergraduate literary and creative arts journal. Published annually, The Peacock's Feet features poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art and music, and is available free of charge for all students. Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, English majors (both creative writing and literature) serve on the editorial board. Email | Facebook | GC Connect | Web
Romanticism Reading Group The Romanticism Reading Group meets two-three times a semester to discuss Romantic literature and view film adaptations of Romantic works. The faculty advisor is Dr. Julian Knox.
Shakespearean Circle meets once a week to do a round table reading of a Shakespeare play. Plays are chosen at the beginning of the semester by the membership. All English majors and non-English majors are welcome to attend. The organization also puts on small events such as staged monologues and scenes as well as trips to National Theatre Live events in Macon. Recently, Shakespearean Circle read Richard II, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Julius Caesar. The faculty advisors are Dr. Jenny Flaherty and Mr. John Sirmans. Email | Facebook | GC Connect
Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. English majors are eligible to be considered for membership with at least 36 semester hours and at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average that includes at least two English courses beyond first-year composition. Recently, members collected approximately 240 used textbooks and shipped them to the Better World Books charity organization. Dr. Hali Sofala-Jones is the faculty advisor. Email | Facebook | GC Connect
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 Corinthian: Sarah 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."
Sarah Gordon Scholarship: The scholarship helps literature students who plan to become teachers and literary scholars. The recipient should
- Be a rising junior or senior majoring in English with a concentration in Literature
- Have a minimum 3.5 GPA
- Have earned at least 15 semester hours at Georgia College
- Show promise as a literary scholar and /or teacher
- Be recommended by the chair of the department, based on input from faculty
- If in any given year, should there be no student to meet each of the criteria for eligibility set down in the agreement, an award may be made to a student who most closely meets the criteria as determined to be appropriate by such University authority as may be designated for that purpose.
Wellington Study Abroad Scholarship: The scholarships helps English majors study abroad.
- Fund will always be used for awarding a study abroad scholarship, preferable to a female student, majoring in English
You have to complete your degree under the requirements of the catalog year you first enrolled at the university. Because the degree requirements changed in the 2018-2019 catalog, you should choose the right catalog to map your degree progress. A list of degree requirements for students on the 2017-2018 catalog and before is here. A list of degree requirements for the students on the 2018-2019 catalog and after is here. The typical four-year academic plan is here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Accelerated BA to MA Program in English, aka the 4+1 Program
Question: What is the 4+1 program that I've been hearing about?
Answer: The accelerated Bachelor of Arts to Master of Arts program in English allows advanced English majors (both Creative Writing and Literature Concentrations) to begin work for their MA in English at Georgia College in their final year of undergraduate studies. Students may apply to the program at any time, even before enrolling at Georgia College. Any students applying before their third year of undergraduate study may be given provisional admission pending completion of the requirements listed in the catalog. Contact Dr. Katie Simon for more information.
Question: Who is my advisor, and how do I contact her?
Answer: Christine Amezquita is the Literature Program's professional advisor. Her office is located in 200 Lanier Hall and her phone number is 478-445-2309.
Question: When should I see my advisor and when should I consult a professor?
Answer: Students should meet with their academic advisor to review their degree progress once or twice per year, typically coinciding with registration; advisors help students determine what requirements they need to fulfill to complete the degree as well as prepare for career and life goals. We recommend that students meet with faculty to explore individually designed capstone options, mentoring opportunities like extra-curricular research projects, and career and life goals.
Question: When should I take Area F courses (ENGL 2120 British Literature, ENGL 2130 American Literature, ENGL 2150 Shakespeare, ENGL 2160 International Literature, ENGL 2200 Writing about Literature)?
Answer: We recommend that students take Area F classes before taking upper-division courses because sophomore level survey and writing courses are designed to prepare students for specialized periods and topics at the junior and senior levels.
Question: What are the capstone options, and what is the process for scheduling a capstone?
Answer: For students completing their degree under the 2017-2018 catalog or before, there are four capstones options: writing a thesis, completing an internship, studying abroad, or taking IDST 4999 with a research project. Students on 2017-2018 catalog or before must use this capstone permission form. For students completing their degree under the 2018-2019 catalog or before, there are six capstone options: writing a thesis, completing an internship, completing a special research project in an upper-division course, working in Writers in the Schools, or taking the journal editing class. The internship or special research project may be completed while studying abroad. Students on the 2018-2019 catalog or after must use this capstone permission form.
Question: I am completing my degree requirements under the 2017-2018 catalog or before. I am preparing to register for classes, but I don't see any courses that fulfill a needed requirement. What should I do?
Answer: Beginning with the 2018-2019 catalog, a number of courses that served as requirements for prior catalog years were deactivated, and a number of courses were created. Check with the professional advisor for a list of current course offerings that can be substituted to fulfill a requirement from a previous catalog year.
Question: I cannot decide if I want to go to graduate school. What should I do?
Answer: If you are thinking about graduate school, ask a trusted professor and your professional advisor for advice. The Literature Program and Career Center co-sponsor an English major career workshop in the fall, and the Literature Program sponsors a graduate school application workshop in the spring. A timeline for the application process is here.
Question: I am in the Honors College. How do I schedule an Honors option?
Answer: Consult with a professor in a non-Honors course about a special project that could serve as an Honors Option assignment. Complete and sign the Honors Option form.
Question: Is it true that I can potentially receive funding for my research?
Answer: Yes, you can work with a faculty mentor to apply for a summer research grant in which you conduct research advised by a professor, and you can apply for a student individual travel grant to fund a conference presentation. Both funding opportunities are offered by MURACE (Mentored Undergraduate Research And Creative Endeavors).