English / Undergraduate Study

American Literature and Culture BA

Capstone Program

Students are expected to meet with the undergraduate counselors and undergraduate faculty adviser to plan and follow a course of study that incorporates their interests and goals with the fulfillment of requirements for the degree.

Learning Outcomes

The American Literature and Culture major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Proficiency in a broad knowledge/skill set including research methods, critical thinking, and analytical writing
  • Familiarity with basic project material including data from multiple sources
  • Familiarity with relevant scholarly and current debates in the field
  • Conception and execution of an independent project
  • Demonstrated seminar or workshop skills
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated defense-of-scholarship skills

Preparation for the Major

Required: English Composition 3, English 4W or 4HW or 4WS taken in the stated sequence (English Composition 3 is requisite to any English 4 course), 11, 87. A grade of C or better is required in each course.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the American Literature and Culture major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory courses prior to admission to UCLA: one English composition course, one English critical reading and writing course, and two years of one foreign language or a combination of foreign language and foreign literature courses.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Ten 4- or 5-unit upper-division courses, including (1) seven American literature English courses, at least two in the time period before 1848 and two in the time period after 1848, selected from the following three areas with a minimum of two selected from each area: (a) origins — beginnings, events, and trajectories: studying the making of America in its myriad beginnings and manifestations — courses 100, M102A, M104A, 166A, 166B, 166C, 167A, 167B, 170A, or, when treating American topics, M101B, 106, 123, 169, (b) identities: places, communities, and environments: studying people, collectives and movements across the diverse geographies of the Americas — courses 100, M102A, M102B, M104A through M104E, M105A through M105E, M105SL, 106, 115A, 117, 118E, 135, 168, 170B, 170C, 172C, 173A, 173B, 173C, 174A, 174B, 174C, 175, 176, 177, and, when treating American topics, courses M101B, M101C, M101D, M107A, M107B, 108, 109, M118F, 119, M126, 132, 133, 134, (c) media: aesthetics, genres, and technologies — courses 115A, 167A, 167B, 168, 170A, 170B, 170C, 172C, 173A, 173B, 173C, 174A, 174B, 174C, 175, 177, or, when treating American topics, courses 114, 115C, 115D, 115E, 115SL, 116A, 116B, 121 through 127, 169, 169R; (2) one seminar from 183A, 183B, 183C, M191A, M191B, M191C, or, when treating American topics, 180, 181A, 181B, 182E, 182F, 184, M191D, M191E; and (3) two courses pertaining to American culture offered by other departments from a list of approved courses for the major. Courses 195 and 195CE are not applicable. Each course applied toward requirements for the major must be at least 4 units and be taken for a letter grade.