Literature

Literature is one of the pillars of a liberal education. By reading the imaginative prose and verse of authors from across the globe and through the centuries, we encounter humanity at its kindest and cruelest, in its hopes and fears, suffering and sublimity.

You can study literature in combination with the arts, sciences, and social sciences, as well as in humanities-intensive programs and courses. Cultural studies and study-abroad opportunities typically feature a substantial literature component.

Faculty

See faculty who teach in Literature, Language, and Communication.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Selected Programs 2021-22
Title Class Standing Credits
Public Arts: Writing and Visual Arts in the Service of Community
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 16
Diversity and Dissent in Education and the Media
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
16
Ampersand: Hybridity in Visual and Narrative Art
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
12, 16
Birds, Patterns, and Poetry
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 16
Deep in Thought: Advanced Fiction Writing
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Latin American Women Writers
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Against Everything: Politics and Friendship in the Age of Apocalypse: Ivan Illich
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Monsters: A Literary and Cultural Exploration
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Taste: What We Hunger For
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Dangerous Skills
  • Freshman
8, 16