USD's Core Curriculum requires every student to fulfill an upper-division Written Literacy requirement. These courses are marked with a "W." English majors must take a W course in the English department, but cannot take 304W or 306W. W course offerings change every semester.
There are many options for graduate study in literature, including a variety of fields and the choice between a Master's degree and a PhD. Discuss your ideas with your academic advisor or other professors. Students considering graduate work are advised to continue study in a foreign language, and to take ENGL 380 Literary Theory and ENGL 495 Senior Project.
Independent study courses are only for advanced students who have a particular research interest not covered by current classes. Students should first discuss the course with a faculty member. Then the student designs a syllabus and writes a formal proposal, to be submitted for approval to the English Department Chair.