This course serves as a gateway, providing English majors, prospective English majors, and English minors with critical tools to heighten and enhance their experiences in subsequent courses in the major and their careers. The course introduces students to critical theory and to a wide variety of critical approaches to literature, enabling them to read and interpret literature with greater insight and discernment. Students also deepen their understanding of key literary periods and movements and become more knowledgeable of developments in the evolution of significant literary genres and sub-genres. Students will also gain an appreciation for the relevance and practical applications of literary studies in personal and professional development.