Department of English at Illinois State University

Literary and Cultural Studies

Our Literary and Cultural Studies program includes courses devoted to the established canon of literary works representing different historical periods. However, because Literary and Cultural Studies at Illinois State University is part of a broad-based “English Studies model” curriculum emphasizing relationships across a range of areas such as rhetoric, linguistics, technology, and culture as well as literature, Literary and Cultural Studies students engage problems in the reading and interpretation of literary and non-literary texts in a variety of discursive contexts.

The Literary and Cultural Studies faculty at Illinois State have published broadly in many areas including American Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; British Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Critical Theory and Cultural Studies; Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Critical Race Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Global Cultures; Textual Studies and Print Culture; and Visual Studies.

Click on the name of specific faculty members listed on the right to learn more about his or her research and teaching interests.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate majors and minors in English at Illinois State University who focus on Literary and Cultural Studies have a wide variety of sub-areas open to them. Complete lists of courses in Literary and Cultural Studies are available on the English Department Courses by Area page.

100-, 200-, and 300-level courses are open to undergraduate students.

American Literary and Cultural Studies

The American Literary and Cultural Studies sub-area includes not only courses examining American Literature by era, from 1500 to the present, but also courses that explore the literature and culture of African-Americans, Native Americans, and US Latino/as.

See the complete list of American Literary and Cultural Studies courses.

English Literary and Cultural Studies

The English Literary and Cultural Studies sub-area includes courses devoted to both specific English authors (Shakespeare, Milton, Chaucer) and specific eras of English literature from the Medieval Period through the present.

See the complete list of English Literary and Cultural Studies courses.

Global Literary and Cultural Studies

The Global Literature sub-area studies literature from across the world.

See the complete list of Global Literary and Cultural Studies courses.

Women's Literature

The Women’s Literature sub-area examines writings by women, with some courses focusing on historical and global contexts.

See the complete list of Women’s Literature courses.

Theory and Topics

The Theory and Topics sub-area includes courses devoted to studies in literary criticism, literary genres, drama, cultural theory, and special topics in literary studies.

See the complete list of Theory and Topics courses.

To view course descriptions for any undergraduate Literary and Cultural Studies course, please check the Undergraduate Catalog.

Graduate

Students in the Graduate Programs in English at Illinois State University who focus on Literary and Cultural Studies have the same sub-areas of study available to them as undergraduates.

Master's in English

Students pursuing a Master’s in English can focus on Literary and Cultural Studies as their emphasis.
Degree requirements for the Master's in English (emphasis in Literary and Cultural Studies):
  • ENG 401: Introduction to Graduate Study
  • ENG 402: Teaching Composition (NOTE: only required for students with a Graduate Assistantship in the English Department)
  • three courses in literature before 1800
  • three courses in literature after 1800
  • four elective courses

Please visit the Master's Degree in English page for more information.

Lists of graduate courses in the various sub-areas of Literary and Cultural Studies are available on the Englsih Department Courses by Area page. 300- and 400-level courses are available to Master's in English students.

To view course descriptions for any graduate Literary and Cultural Studies course, please check the Graduate Catalog.

Ph.D. in English Studies

Students in the Ph.D. in English Studies may choose Literary and Cultural Studies as a specialization.
Degree requirements for the Ph.D. in English Studies (emphasis in Literary and Cultural Studies):
  • four doctoral seminars
  • five courses in Literary and Cultural Studies
  • two courses emphasizing pedagogy
  • two English Studies electives
  • a teaching internship
  • comprehensive exams
  • a dissertation of original scholarship in Literary and Cultural Studies that also explores some pedagogical aspect relevant to the field.

Please visit our Ph.D. in English Studies page for more information.

Lists of graduate courses in the various sub-areas of Literary and Cultural Studies are available in the various sections of the English Department Courses by Area page. 300-, 400-, and 500-level courses are available to Ph.D. in English Studies students.

To view course descriptions for any graduate Literary and Cultural Studies course, please check the Graduate Catalog.