Literature Selections

A list of possible literature courses that Instructional I Certification Candidates in the Penn State College of Education can take to meet a literature requirement.

For Instructional I Certification Candidates

All candidates formally admitted to Instructional I certification programs after August 15, 2001 must complete a 3 credit LITERATURE selection from the following list.

Additional courses focusing specifically on literature may be considered as substitutions for this PDE requirement through the usual petition process.

Forms for ED students are available at Student Forms and Policies

Literature Selections:

  • CMLIT 1 -- Introduction to Western Literatures Through the Renaissance
  • CMLIT 2 -- Introduction to Western Literatures Since the Renaissance
  • CMLIT 3 -- Introduction to African Literatures
  • CMLIT 4 -- Introduction to Asian Literatures
  • CMLIT 5 -- Introduction to Literatures of the Americas
  • CMLIT 6 -- Philosophy and Literature in Western Culture
  • CMLIT 10 -- World Literatures
  • CMLIT 11 -- The Hero in World Literature
  • CMLIT 83 -- First-Year Seminar in Comparative Literature
  • CMLIT 100 -- Reading Across Cultures
  • CMLIT 101 -- Race, Gender, and Identity in World Literature
  • CMLIT 105 -- The Development of Literary Humor
  • CMLIT 106 -- The Arthurian Legend
  • CMLIT 107 -- Exploration, Travel, Migration and Exile
  • CMLIT 108 -- Myths and Mythologies
  • CMLIT 110 -- Jewish Literature: An International Perspective
  • CMLIT 111 -- Introduction to Literatures of India
  • CMLIT 120 -- The Literature of the Occult
  • CMLIT 141 -- Religion and Literature
  • CMLIT 153 -- International Cultures Through Literature and Film
  • ENGL 1 -- Understanding Literature
  • ENGL 2 -- The Great Traditions in English Literature
  • ENGL 103 -- The Great Traditions in American Literature
  • ENGL 104 -- The Bible as Literature
  • ENGL 129 -- Shakespeare
  • ENGL 132 -- Jewish American Literature
  • ENGL 133 -- Modern American Literature to World War II
  • ENGL 134 -- American Comedy
  • ENGL 135 -- Alternative Voices in American Literature
  • ENGL 139 -- African American Literature
  • ENGL 140 -- Contemporary Literature
  • ENGL 145 -- Modern Irish Literature
  • ENGL 180 -- Literature and the Natural World
  • ENGL 182 -- Literature of the Empire
  • ENGL 184 -- The Short Story
  • ENGL 185 -- World Novel
  • ENGL 189 -- Modern Drama
  • ENGL 191 -- Science Fiction
  • ENGL 192 -- The Literature of Fantasy
  • ENGL 194 -- Women Writers
  • ENGL 200 -- Introduction to Critical Reading
  • ENGL 201 -- What is Literature
  • ENGL 221 -- British Literature to 1798
  • ENGL 222 -- British Literature from 1798
  • ENGL 226 -- Latina and Latino Border Theories
  • ENGL 231 -- American Literature to 1865
  • ENGL 232 -- American Literature from 1865
  • ENGL/CHEM 233N -- Chemistry and Literature
  • ENGL 240 -- Exploring Literary Traditions
  • ENGL 261 -- Exploring Literary Forms
  • ENGL 262 -- Reading Fiction
  • ENGL 263 -- Reading Poetry
  • ENGL 265 -- Reading Nonfiction
  • ENGL 268 -- Reading Drama
  • CAMS 1 -- Greek and Roman Literature
  • CAMS 45 -- Classical Mythology


For CMLIT course descriptions, visit https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/cmlit/

For ENGL course descriptions, visit https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/engl/

For CAMS course descriptions, visit https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/cams/