Nov 26, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Literary and Textual Studies, B.A.


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The Literary and Textual Studies major is designed around interdisciplinary critical methodologies and multi-modal objects of inquiry. Students will be provided with the necessary skills of critical reading, thinking, and communication. The program places an emphasis on viewing texts in cultural, rhetorical, and theoretical contexts and aggregates diverse forms of textuality that previously have been formally separated by traditional disciplinary lines, such as cultural studies, film, literature, rhetoric, creative writing, and philosophy. By challenging, expanding, and redefining the disciplinary boundaries, and attending interpretive practices that have been traditionally available to students of literature, the major offers a more integrated and global framework for understanding texts, contexts, and methods of critical interpretation.

Graduates will be equipped to apply their degree in careers in fields such as: law, education, social work, public relations, advertising, publishing, business management, and more. This degree also prepares students for graduate study in literature, creative writing and the humanities.

Requirements for Graduation:


To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Literary and Textual Studies must complete a minimum of 120 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete a First Year Seminar, Foundations (FCO 103 will be a required co-requisite with FCO 105 for students who have a high school GPA below 3.20), Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation.  Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation.  Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.

General Education Requirement


First Year Seminar


Foundations Requirements


Disciplinary Perspectives Requirement


Constellation Requirement


The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements.  Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation except for Education majors.

Literature Electives


Students must complete 18 additional LIT credits, or minor in Creative Writing or Film Studies.

Support Courses


Students must complete 12 credits of courses from: CRW, FLM, FRN, GRM, HUM, LIT, PHL, REL, SPN, WGS, or WRT with 9 credits at 300 + level.

Foreign Language Requirement


Students must complete two semesters of the same foreign language.

Elective Courses (27 credits)


Students may choose any 27 credits of elective courses.

Suggested Course Sequence:


Freshmen Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


Spring Semester (15 credits)


  • 3 credit hours
  • Disciplinary Perspectives course - Arts 3 credit hours
  • Disciplinary Perspectives course - Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Foreign Language course 3 credit hours
  • Literature Elective 3 credit hours

Sophomore Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


  • 3 credit hours
  • Disciplinary Perspectives course - Natural/Physical Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Literature Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Literature Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Elective course 3 credit hours

Spring Semester (15 credits)


  • 3 credit hours
  • Literature Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Literature Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Support course 3 credit hours

Junior Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


Spring Semester (15 credits)


Senior Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


  • 3 credit hours
  • Constellation course 3 credit hours
  • Literature Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Support course 3 credit hours

Spring Semester (15 credits)


  • Constellation course 3 credit hours
  • Literature Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Elective course 3 credit hours

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