Literary Studies Curriculum
Completion of the program in Literary Studies requires 13 courses to be completed as set forth below. In choosing courses to meet requirements, students are encouraged to meet with Robin Mookerjee (212.229.5100 x3155) for questions about the Writing program and Inessa Medzhibovskaya (212.229.5100 x2255) with questions about the Literature program. Students who enrolled in spring 2008 or earlier may follow the rules for the old Writing or Literature areas of study (BA in Liberal Arts), or may opt to follow the new, more rigorous requirements for the BA in Literary Studies (Literature or Writing Concentration). Students who enrolled at Lang after spring 2008 must adhere to the new rules for the major. See prior requirements by year.
In addition to the major, students have the option, if majoring in a different program, to elect an academic minor in Literary Studies. Students interested in completing the minor in either track should review the minor curriculum below.
Students should download the program requirement worksheets (PDF) (one for the Literature track and one for the Writing track) to track their progress. For a semester-by-semester example of writing and literature tracks for a degree in literary studies, download this sample curricular path form (PDF).
Requirements for the Major in Literary Studies
Core courses are required of all students majoring in Literary Studies (in either the Writing or Literature concentration) who started at Lang in fall 2008 or later. Students are advised to pay close attention to prerequisites included in course descriptions and to meet with the chair.
Two Literary Introductions Courses: ULEC 2740 The Invention of Literature and ULEC 2820 Literary Reinvention (preferably, but not necessarily, taken in sequence). The Invention of Literature and Literary Reinvention should be taken before advancing to 3000-level courses in Literary Studies.
One Advanced Course in Literary Studies (majors on the literature track students must take two). The approved courses that fulfill this requirement for the Spring 2014 semester are:
LLSL 3052 A Literature & Revolution in Latin American Literature
LLSL 3085 A Emerson, Thoreau, & Their Age
LLSL 3105 A 20th Century Avant Garde Poetry
LLSL 3160 A Ecocriticism: Literature & the Environment
LLSL 3161 A Anglophone Poetry 2
LLSL 3403 A Allegory & Symbol
LLSL 3865 A Screening the Latin American Novel
LLSL 4415 Woolf, Beauvoir, Weil
LLSL 4416 A Politics and the Novel
LLSL 4503 A Language and the Self
One Single-Text Course, for example, Ulysses, Paradise Lost, Madame Bovary, War and Peace, or Don Quixote. With the exception of Shakespeare surveys, all single-author courses (i.e. Vladimir Nabokov, Franz Kafka, or Virginia Woolf) also satisfy the single-text requirement.
Nine additional courses in the chosen concentration as described below
All courses offered by Literary Studies must be passed with a grade of C or better, except sequenced Writing Workshops, which have a higher requirement: students may not take an Intermediate Writing Workshop unless they received a grade of B or higher in the Introductory Workshop in the same genre. Students who do not receive a B may retake the Introductory Workshop again. Students who do not meet the minimum grade requirements to advance in Literary Studies and who cannot retake the necessary course must meet with the chair to determine their options. (Lang recommends that students who are unable to meet the grade minimums in their workshops consider changing their major or switching to the Literature track in Literary Studies.) Also note that nonfiction and journalism courses are interchangeable in terms of genre sequence: for example, a B grade earned in Introduction to Journalism permits a student to advance to Intermediate Nonfiction. New School for Public Engagement writing workshops (bachelor's program) do not count toward the five writing courses for Lang Writing.
Students interested in the Literature concentration must complete the courses as distributed below, at least four of which must be 3000 level or higher and no more than two of which may be taken (with the approval of the chair) at The New School for Public Engagement.
One additional Advanced Course in Literary Studies
One course in poetry
One course in drama**
One Reading for Writers course
Four additional literature courses, one of which may be in another discipline, such as philosophy and psychology, if approved by the chair. Advanced-level foreign language courses in which literature is studied may also count toward this requirement.
One Senior Capstone chosen from Senior Seminar or Individual Independent Project (Senior Thesis). See details about the Literature Senior Capstone (PDF).
**With approval of the chair, LLSW Introduction to Playwriting or LLSW Intermediate Playwriting may be applied to this requirement. Courses offered in other departments, such as The Arts, with an emphasis on reading plays, (i.e, a course on Shakespeare's plays) may also fulfill this requirement.
Students interested in the Writing concentration must complete:
Five Writing Workshops
Three sequenced courses in a primary genre (fiction, poetry, nonfiction, journalism)*
Two sequenced courses in a secondary genre (fiction, poetry, nonfiction, journalism, playwriting)**
One Reading for Writers Course (LLST)
Two Literature courses, one of which may be a second Reading for Writers course
One Senior Capstone in the primary genre, either Senior Seminar, Editorial Process (competitive application process), or Individual Independent Project/Senior Thesis (competitive application process). See details about the Senior Capstone in Writing (PDF).
*Students may not take an Intermediate Writing Workshop unless they received a grade of B or higher in the Introduction Workshop in the same genre. Students who do not receive a B may retake the Introduction Workshop again. A minimum grade of C is required for all other courses taken toward the major. Students who do not meet the minimum grade requirement to advance through the major and who cannot retake the necessary course must meet with the chair to determine their options. (Lang recommends that students who are unable to meet the grade minimums in their workshops consider changing majors or switching to the Literature track in Literary Studies.) Also note that nonfiction and journalism courses are interchangeable in terms of genre sequence: for example, a B grade earned in Introduction to Journalism permits a student to advance to intermediate nonfiction. New School for Public Engagement writing workshops (bachelor's program) do not count toward the five writing courses for Lang Writing.
**Playwriting, offered in conjunction with The Arts, may be chosen in Writing as a secondary genre only. Students may use playwriting toward either The Arts or Literary Studies—Writing concentration. If used toward The Arts, all Arts requirements govern, except that all LLSW prerequisites and minimum grade requirements apply for all students. If used toward the Literary Studies writing concentration, all Literary Studies requirements apply, including core requirements, and writing concentrators may elect playwriting ONLY as a secondary genre.
Students have opportunities to attend public readings and lectures throughout the city and in The New School graduate writing program. Elective courses, as well as internships, introduce the qualified student to the professional standards and opportunities they may encounter after graduation. Master classes allow contemporary writers to teach their own work to students (satisfies Reading for Writers requirement). The New School Free Press, the student newspaper, is a credit-bearing course in which students write, edit, and produce a newspaper. Release, the writing program literary magazine, is edited and produced by students.
INTERNATIONAL LITERARY STUDIES: Lang at the American University of Paris (AUP):
All Literary Studies majors undertaking the "Paris Option" in Literature or Writing are expected to complete the following seven courses, whether they will be in Paris for a summer, a semester, or for their entire junior year:
1. At Lang: Literary Foundations 1 (LLST 2001). Or at AUP: The World, The Text, and the Critic (WTC) 1
2. At Lang: Literary Foundations 2 (LLST 2002). Or at AUP: WTC 2
3. At Lang or AUP: Single text/Author course
4. At Lang or AUP: Approaches to Literary Studies Course. For example, The Art of Close Reading or ULEC 2560 Fiction: An Introduction (Lang); or Interdisciplinary Approaches to Literature (AUP)
5. At AUP: Reading for Writers in Paris
6. At Lang or AUP: Adv. French language (third-year or higher) or any humanities course conducted in French
7. At Lang or AUP: Adv. French language (third-year or higher) or any humanities course conducted in French
In addition to the above, all students in the Literary Studies in Paris-Literature track must complete the following, one of which must be conducted in French:
8. At Lang or AUP: French Studies course (literature, culture, or history) or a Comparative Literature course with a Francophone emphasis
9. At Lang or AUP: One course in Poetry
10. At Lang or AUP: One course in Drama
11. At Lang or AUP: A second Approaches to Literary Studies Course
12. At Lang or AUP: Literature Elective (may be a Literature-based course in another department)
13. At Lang: Senior Capstone (either the Spring Literature Senior Seminar or Independent Senior Work in Literature)
At least (4) four of the above courses must be at Lang 3000- or AUP 300-level or higher. Literary Foundations 1 or 2 (or WTC 1 or 2, at AUP) are co- or pre-requisites for all 3000- or 300-level literature courses unless waived by the chair.
Students in Literary Studies in Paris-Writing would also be expected to complete the following, in addition to Items 1-7 (above) required of all LS-Paris students:
8. At Lang: Intro. Workshop in Primary Genre (Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Journalism*)
9. At Lang: Intermed. Workshop in Primary Genre (Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Journalism)
10. At Lang: Advanced Workshop in Primary Genre (Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Journalism)
11. At Lang: Intro. Workshop in Secondary Genre (Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Journalism, or Playwriting); or at AUP: Writing Workshop 1 or 2
12. At Lang: Intermed. Workshop in Secondary Genre (Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Journalism, or Playwriting); or at AUP: Writing Workshop 1 or 2.*
13. At Lang: Senior Capstone in the Primary Genre (Senior Seminar, or application into Editorial Process or for the Independent Senior Thesis)
* Journalism courses at several levels are available at AUP in the Communication Department [i.e. Journalism 1, Journalism 2, Media and War (advanced), Feature Writing (advanced)], and these may be applied toward journalism or nonfiction as a primary or secondary genre. Non-fiction and journalism are fungible in the same track. Work in the primary genre sequence must begin before the junior year. Literary Foundations 1 or 2 (or WTC 1 or 2, at AUP) are co- or pre-requisites for all Lang 3000- or AUP 300-level writing or literature courses (including Intermediate Writing) unless waived by the chair.
Requirements for the Minor in Literary Studies
One introductory 2000-level course (lecture or seminar)
One single text/single author course (can be prose, drama, poetry, or nonfiction)
Three LLSL or LLST electives, at least one of which should be an LLST course that is 3000-level or higher
One-LLSW Introductory Writing Workshop in Primary Genre of choice
One-LLSW Intermediate Writing Workshop in Primary Genre of choice
One-LLSW Advanced Writing Workshop in Primary Genre of choice
One-LLST Single Author Literary Studies course
One-LLST Reading for Writers Literary Studies course