American Literature (16ALM)


The Department of English offers a minor in American literature to N.C. State students, except for (General English Major degree) LAN and (English World Lit. major) LIT English majors. The minor consists of any five courses in American literature, three of which must be at the 300 level or above, and one of which must be at the 400-level or above. Students may transfer in no more than six hours toward the minor. This minor will focus on the English-language literature of the United States and of the British colonies out of which the United States emerged. No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.


  • 15 hours (5 courses) in American literature
  • No more than 6 hours of transfer credit
  • 3 courses must be at the 300-level or above
  • 1 course must be at the 400-level or above
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor and may count no course grade lower than a ‘C-‘.
  • A maximum of TWO (2) courses may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.

Required Courses


Elective Courses

  • ENG 248 Survey of African American Literature
  • ENG 252 Major American Writers
  • ENG 265 American Literature I
  • ENG 266 American Literature II
  • ENG 298 Special Projects (when the topic is in American Literature)
  • ENG 368 American Poetry to 1900
  • ENG 369 The American Novel of the Nineteenth Century
  • ENG 420 Major American Author
  • ENG 448 African-American Literature
  • ENG 468 American Romantics
  • ENG 469 American Realism and Naturalism
  • ENG 470 American Literature, 1914-1945
  • ENG 471 American Literature, Since 1945
  • ENG 476 Southern Literature
  • ENG 491 Honors in English (when the topic is in American literature)
  • ENG 498 Special Topics in English (when the topic is in American literature)
  • ENG 531 American Colonial Literature*
  • ENG 548 African-American Literature*
  • ENG 555 American Romantic Period*
  • ENG 565 American Realism and Naturalism*
  • ENG 573 Modern American Drama*
  • ENG 575 Southern Writers*
  • ENG 576 Twentieth-Century American Poetry*
  • ENG 577 Twentieth-Century American Prose*
  • ENG 582 Studies in Literature (when the topic is in American literature)*

*Graduate courses are available to undergraduates with the permission of the instructor

Admissions and Certification of Minor

In both instances, students should contact Professor Allen Stein in 121 Tompkins. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Paperwork for certification can be found in 246 Tompkins and should be completed during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State.

Contact Person

Allen Stein
121 Tompkins
SIS Code: 16ALM