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Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and departmental approval.

University Requirements

AU Core Requirements

For additional information, see

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Major Requirements

  • 42 credit hours with grades of C or better, with at least 21 credit hours at or above 300-level
  • Specializations: Literary Studies, Cinema Studies, Creative Writing, or Transcultural Studies
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Course Requirements

Core (18 credit hours)

Race/Ethnicity/Identity

Complete 3 credit hours from the following, or other course in the 

 with a designated focus on race, ethnicity, or identity at or above 300-level, as approved by the Literature Undergraduate Advisor:

Survey

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Literature before 1900

Complete 6 credit hours from the following, or as approved by department or major advisor:

Note: Creative Writing specialization students must complete at least 3 credit hours in Literature written before 1800.

Specializations (24 credit hours)

Complete one of the following specializations:

Literary Studies

Lower Level Literature

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Survey

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Literature before 1800

Complete 6 credit hours from the following, or as approved by department of major advisor:

Electives
  • Three additional courses offered or approved by the Department of Literature

Cinema Studies

Additional

Complete two courses (6 credit hours) from the following:

Film or Interdisciplinary Topics
  • Two additional 300- or 400-level courses in film or interdisciplinary topics
Electives
  • Two additional 300- or 400-level courses offered or approved by the Department of Literature

Creative Writing

Required
Creative Writing
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Complete three courses (9 credit hours) from the following:

Note: Students may take the same creative writing course no more than twice.

Electives
  • Three additional courses offered or approved by the Department of Literature

Transcultural Studies

World Literature

Complete one course (3 credit hours) from the following:

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  • Three additional courses (9 credit hours) offered or approved by the Department of Literature

Combined Literature (BA) and Literature (MA)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See 

 and for more information.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor's/master's programs:

  • Undergraduate literature majors should consult with the MA program director prior to applying. Admission decisions follow the procedures used to evaluate graduate applicants to the MA in Literature. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Students will be admitted formally to MA status only if they have completed all requirements for the BA in Literature with at least an overall 3.00 grade point average and a 3.20 grade point average in literature courses.
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