Bachelor of Liberal Studies in English & American Literature

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) in English & American Literature is a focused liberal arts concentration rather than a professional or pre-professional program. Many students go on to graduate or professional study and find employment in teaching, writing, and editing, as well as in less traditional areas. Students utilize their bachelor’s degree in English & American Literature to develop analytic reading and writing skills, gaining an excellent background for work in law, government, business, medicine, journalism, advertising, literature, and education.

Students who complete the bachelor’s degree in English will be able to demonstrate:

  • A critical understanding of English and American literary culture and its traditions, across genres and time periods.
  • Proficiency in written literary analysis, argumentation, interpretation, and research.
  • Proficiency in the oral discussion of literature.
  • An excellent background for further study, and for employment, in teaching, writing, and editing, as well as for work in law, government, business, journalism, and advertising.

A total of 48 credits is required.


  • MET EN 104 English Composition


  • Four credits in a Metropolitan College math course numbered
    MET MA 113 or higher

Computer Science

  • MET CS 101 Computers and Their Applications

Natural Science

  • Eight credits in the natural sciences (N)


  • Four credits


  • Four credits

Additional Courses

  • Four credits in the humanities (H)
  • Four credits in the social sciences (S)
  • Eight credits in the humanities (H), natural sciences (N), or
    social sciences (S)
  • Four credits in the natural sciences (N) or social sciences (S)

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A total of eleven courses (44 credits), completed with a grade of C or higher, is required.

Major Courses

The following four courses (16 credits):

Fundamentals of literary analysis and interpretation. Intensive study of selected literary texts. Frequent papers. Limited class size.  [ 4 cr. ]

Prereq: MET HU 221. British literature from its beginnings to the Restoration.   [ 4 cr. ]

British literature from the Restoration to the end of the nineteenth century.  [ 4 cr. ]

Introduction to major works of ancient and medieval European literatures that influenced later Continental, English, and American literature: the Bible, Homeric epic, Greek Tragedy, Virgil's Aeneid, and Dante's The Divine Comedy.  [ 4 cr. ]

And seven advanced-level courses (28 credits) in the department (numbered 301 or above), including one course in American literature.

Usually nine courses (36 credits), but possibly more depending on transfer credits, chosen with the advice of an academic counselor.

Note: Students wishing to pursue an English degree program may have to cross-register and take upper-level English courses in the College of Arts & Sciences at day tuition rates.

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