Media and Technology

Media and Technology: Concentration in Media Literacy and Narrative

Required Courses:

ENGLIT 0506: Literary Field Studies

ENGLIT 1900: Project Seminar in research methods

ENGLIT 1910: Senior Seminar

Historical Period courses:

Choose any two period courses from your concentration (see the list below).


Choose any seven elective courses; at least four of them should come from the Media and Technology concentration. Students can apply for approval from the Literature Director to count an elective not previously listed in a given area of concentration.

  • All electives must be 0500-level or above, and at least three of them must be at the 1000-level. Download an easy-to-use chart of 1000-level courses and the requirements they satisfy.
  • Students may take up to two courses from the other programs in English (Writing, Film, Composition) designated within their area of concentration. Approved courses are listed below; students can apply for special approval from the Literature Director to count others.
  • At least one course should fulfill the breadth of study requirement (marked with *). Depending on the syllabus and instructor, one of your required courses or a Special Topics course may fulfill this requirement—simply ask your advisor.

Note: Courses such as ENGLIT 1901: Independent Study, ENGLIT 1904: Undergraduate TA, and ENGLIT 1907: Literature Internship may count toward any concentration, depending on the nature of the student’s work. Please consult the advising office for proper credit.

Below are the regular, designated courses for this concentration. We’ll update this list often and will add new courses in the coming years, too. Some titles have been changed; if you think you have already taken a course in a concentration under its old title, consult the course listing (ENGLIT xxxx) to verify that it’s the same one.


  • ENGLIT 0512: Narrative and Technology
  • ENGLIT 0521: Scan Culture
  • ENGLIT 0550: Introduction to Popular Culture
  • ENGLIT 0612: Literature and Science
  • ENGLIT 0620: Graphic Novel*
  • ENGLIT 0626: Science Fiction
  • ENGLIT 0702: Game Studies
  • ENGLIT 0712: Critical Making
  • ENGLIT 0812: Media/Ecology
  • ENGLIT 1001: Interactive Literature
  • ENGLIT 1002: Game, Story Play
  • ENGLIT 1127: Shakespeare on Film
  • ENGLIT 1350: Postmodern Literature
  • ENGLIT 1355: Virtual Reality
  • ENGLIT 1412: Secret Pittsburgh
  • ENGLIT 1587: Utopian Literature
  • ENGLIT 1600: Computational Methods in the Humanities
  • ENGLIT 1635: Children in Pittsburgh
  • ENGLIT 1790: Film and Literature

Period Courses in this area:

  • ENGLIT 0510: Making the Book
  • ENGLIT 1101: The Invention of English
  • ENGLIT 1135: Literature, Media, and Science in the Age of Shakespeare
  • ENGLIT 1150: Enlightenment to Revolution
  • ENGLIT 1175: 19th Century British Literature
  • ENGLIT 1220: Civil War to WWI in American Literature
  • ENGLIT 1325: Modernism

Courses from other programs:

  • ENGCMP 0520: Integrating Writing and Design
  • ENGCMP 0610: Composing Digital Media
  • ENGCMP 1552 Language, Literacy, and Learning
  • ENGFLM 0530: Film Analysis
  • ENGFLM 0570: Introduction to New Media
  • ENGFLM 1479: Children and Media
  • ENGFLM 1680: Animation
  • ENGFLM 1699: Science Fiction Film
  • ENGFLM 1752: Television Analysis
  • ENGFLM 1790: Film and Literature
  • ENGWRT 0550: Fundamentals of News Reporting
  • ENGWRT 0610: Introduction to Journalism and Nonfiction