General Education Requirements

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The Literature program at Pitt offers a wide variety of courses designed for both non-English majors and English Lit majors.  These courses can satisfy "W", and/or General Education First Course in Literature ("LIT"), and General Education Second Course in Literature (“EX”) requirements.  From the small classes of our 300-level writing-intensive courses to the thematic 600-level courses to the more advanced 1000-level courses, this curriculum has something for most literary interests. Some of these courses also fulfill other General Education Requirements, such as the Historical Change requirements; see the Course Catalog for further information.

First-Level Literature Requirement (LIT)

All courses examine significant works of literature and introduce students to the techniques of literary analysis. Courses in bold may be offered as "W" (writing intensive)

Courses marked * offered every year

Courses marked ** offered every semester

300-level courses introduce students to ways of thinking about literary genre(s):

ENGLIT 0300 Introduction to Literature**

ENGLIT 0310 The Dramatic Imagination**

ENGLIT 0315 Reading Poetry**

ENGLIT 0321 Forms of Prose **

ENGLIT 0325 Short Story in Context**

ENGLIT 0350 Literature, Tradition and the New

ENGLIT 0354 Words and Images**

ENGLIT 0365 Literature and the Contemporary**

ENGLIT 0370 Literature and Ideas

ENGLIT 0399 Narrative and Technology **

500-level courses introduce students to a particular field of study within literature:

ENGLIT 0500 Introduction to Critical Reading**

ENGLIT 0505 Lectures in Literature**

ENGLIT 0550 Intro to Popular Culture**

ENGLIT 0560 Children and Culture**

ENGLIT 0570 American Literary Traditions**

ENGLIT 0573 Literature of the Americas**

ENGLIT 0580 Introduction to Shakespeare**

ENGLIT 0590 Formative Masterpieces

ENGLIT 0597 Bible as Literature**

600-level courses explore the development of a particular theme or genre in literature:

ENGLIT 0610 Women and Literature**

ENGLIT 0615 Literature and Race*

ENGLIT 0616 Literature and Migration*

ENGLIT 0625 Detective Fiction**

ENGLIT 0626 Science Fiction**

ENGLIT 0627 Literature of Sports*

ENGLIT 0628 Working Class Literature**

ENGLIT 0629 The Wild West*

ENGLIT 0630 Sexuality and Representation**

ENGLIT 0635 New Literature*

ENGLIT 0636 The Gothic Imagination*

ENGLIT 0640 Allegory*

ENGLIT 0641 Tragedy*

ENGLIT 0642 Comedy*

ENGLIT 0643 Satire*

ENGLIT 0644 Myth and Folktale*

ENGLIT 0645 Fantasy and Romance*

ENGLIT 1360 Topics in 20th Century Literature

Second-level Literature Requirement (Creative Expression) (EX)

ENGLIT 0612 Literature and Science 

ENGLIT 1005 Literature and the Environment

ENGLIT 1020 History of Literary Criticism*

ENGLIT 1028 Literature and Psychoanalysis*

ENGLIT 1100 Medieval Imagination*

ENGLIT 1115 Chaucer

ENGLIT 1126 Advanced Shakespeare*

ENGLIT 1181 The Victorian Novel

ENGLIT 1210 The American Renaissance

ENGLIT 1225 Nineteenth Century African American Literature

ENGLIT 1230 Twentieth Century African American Literature

ENGLIT 1247 August Wilson*

ENGLIT 1255 American Theatre

ENGLIT 1325 The Modernist Tradition*

ENGLIT 1370 Makers of Modern Drama

ENGLIT 1372 Contemporary Drama

ENGLIT 1380 World Literature in English**

ENGLIT 1607 Advanced Short Story

ENGLIT 1704 Women Novelists

ENGLIT 1738 Irish Literature

ENGLIT 1756 Ballads and Blues

Historical Change

ENGLIT 0612 Literature and Science

ENGLIT 1005 Literature and the Environment

ENGLIT 1225 Nineteenth Century African American Literature

ENGLIT 1230 Twentieth Century African American Literature

ENGLIT 1382 Prized Books (also Int Foreign Culture-Global)

International Foreign Culture Comparative

ENGLIT 0573 Literature of the Americas**

ENGLIT 1380 World Literature in English**