The English programs at West Liberty University prepare students for many pathways beyond graduation, especially those that benefit from a graduate’s ability to read, think, and write critically. Many majors prepare students for specific careers, but majoring in English opens countless doors for students who are especially interested in studying the ways in which language and literature shape the world around them. Along the way, English majors grow into the types of graduates employers are looking for and, perhaps more importantly, individuals with the skills needed to continue to grow as global citizens and lifelong learners.
The Comics Studies major at West Liberty University is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students interested in pursuing their passions for art, literature, and comics. The only program of its kind anywhere in the world, the Graphic Narrative major at West Liberty University is the first undergraduate English degree designed specially around the field of Comics Studies. While all English majors at WLU take the same core classes, including surveys in American and British literature, Comics Studies majors focus much of their upper-level course work around topics related to the relationship between art and literature, the history of sequential art, creative expression, comics studies, and visual rhetoric.
ENG 200 – Introduction to Literary Study
ENG 204 – British Literature through the 18th Century
ENG 205 – American Literature through the Civil War
ENG 214 – British Literature after the 18th Century
ENG 215 – American Literature after the Civil War
ENG 385 – Advanced Composition
ENG 495 – English Liberal Arts Senior Seminar
Required English Courses
ENG 220 – Principles of Graphic Narrative
ENG 221 – History of Sequential Art & Literature
ENG 311 – Shakespeare
ENG 323 – Writing for Comics
ENG 412 – Topics in Graphic Literature (I)*
ENG 412 – Topics in Graphic Literature (II)*
ENG 484 – Directed Reading (1 hour)
- ENG 360 – Creative Writing: Poetry
- ENG 361 – Creative Writing: Prose
- ENG 362 – Creative Writing: Nonfiction
*Students majoring in Graphic Narrative must take ENG 412 twice under different topic headings.
Required Art Courses (9 hours)
ART 140 Art Appreciation
- ART 104 – Drawing I
- ART 204 – Drawing II
- ART 110 – 2-D Foundation Design
- ART 190 Introduction to Computer Graphics ART 230 Printmaking I
- ART 244 Graphic Design History
- COM 227 Visual Critical Literacy
- DMD 101 Intro to Digital Media Design DMD 104 Drawing and Design
Electives to total …120 Hrs.
Students may also consider a minor in Comics Studies.