Sophomore Level Literature at MTSU

The General Education English office also oversees 2000-level literature courses, which include ENGL 2020 and ENGL 2030. The course objectives for ENGL 2020 and ENGL 2030 are identical. Under MTSU's General Education requirements, students are required to take one  literature class to contribute to the nine hours of required humanities courses. Either ENGL 2020 or ENGL 2030 can satisfy this requirement.

ENGL 2020, "Themes in Literature and Culture," is a special topics course that focuses on one unifying themes in several literary or cultural works.  These courses reflect a wide variety of departmental expertise and cultural interests and are offered on rotation.

Some Fall 2017 ENGL 2020 course offerings include:

  • "Examining American Mythologies"
  • "Classic and Contemporary Crime Fiction"
  • "The African American Experience in Literature"
  • "War, Migration, and Refugees in Children's Literature"
  • "Outlaws in Australian Literature"
  • "Reconfiguring American Manhood in the 20th Century"
  • "Politics of Culture and Identity"
  • "Jewish American Literature"
  • "The Literature of America in the Middle East Post-9/11"
  • "American Environmental Literature"
  • "Women Writing History"

General Education English instructors at all levels are eligible to create and propose ENGL 2020 courses. Interested instructors are advised to view the ENGL 2020 Course Justification Document before completing and submitting their ENGL 2020 Course Proposal. The Fall Semester deadline for course proposals is October 31st.

ENGL 2030, "The Experience of Literature," is a more generalized, non-thematic literature course. In this course, students can expect to read a variety of literary genres, including poetry, fiction, and drama. This course emphasizes the value of lifelong reading, literary interpretation, and how texts are produced within various cultures.

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Contact Information

General Education English Co-Directors:

Dr. Julie Myatt
Peck Hall 323A
(615) 898-2563


Dr. Kate Pantelides
Peck Hall 324
(615) 898-2597 

LDEnglish@mtsu.edu