Studying literature provides an avenue into a deeper and more discerning understanding of the relationship between imaginative writing, culture, and society.
As a literature major, you will learn about literary traditions, major authors, movements, and genres. Our courses emphasize analytic reading, thinking and writing skills. You will not only become a literary scholar but also gain an understanding of how the humanities can reflect and shape culture. Required courses for majors are “Writing about Literature” and a capstone experience for graduating seniors, emphasizing multigenre work and community involvement. Students complement their studies by selecting from an array of elective and restricted elective courses. These courses feature diverse literary topics and historical periods, from British literature of the Middle Ages and Shakespeare to studies in contemporary poetry and global fiction. All our courses are profoundly engaged with contemporary cultural studies and critical theory.
Our program is renowned for its collaborative atmosphere, in which faculty help students explore professional goals and intellectual interests. Literature provides an amazing variety of career paths and opportunities. Our graduates pursue careers in education, law, journalism, social media, advertising, public relations, cultural institutions, film and theater, community advocacy, the non-profit sector, web development and design, and entertainment.