Literary Arts

Fuse the art of creative and critical writing.

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Note: You can join or leave a Path of Study at any time and your credits will always count toward your Bachelor’s degree.

About Literary Arts

Creative writers cultivate a love for language through the imaginative playfulness of storytelling and narrative invention. In this Path, you’ll encounter literature as a means of constructing knowledge and empathy. As you discover the challenges and possibilities of creative and critical literary work, you will fuse rigorous creative writing practice with layered historical, theoretical, and aesthetic frameworks.

  • Create and collaborate in a world that needs creative thinkers more than ever
  • Discover the diversity of literary traditions and innovations
  • Engage in cultural and intellectual exchange through writing, reading, and translation
  • Explore intersections with cultural and political discourse
  • Pursue the creative process in the development of artistic mastery
  • Experience the excitement of developing a complex manuscript from a blank page to a finished work

As you progress through this Path you’ll encounter critical, historical, and theoretical context for your work that will enable you to take it further—on your own, or through graduate study. You’ll gain knowledge and skills far beyond a pre-determined major at other institutions and be ready for rigorous, scholarly inquiry and literary research at the graduate level. Finally, you’ll be prepared to contribute to a variety of careers and studies in communications, arts, writing, publishing, and literature.

Learn more about this field of study.

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Foundational programs

Foundational programs in the Literary Arts Path is designed for students who want to discover, develop, and deepen their understanding of literature through critical, creative, and interdisciplinary modes of inquiry. Your work will revolve around the continual interplay between reading and writing. Foundational programs are taught every year.

Foundational Programs for 2019–20
Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020
 
Literary Arts Foundations: Texts and Contexts
Foundational Programs for 2020–21
Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021
Decision/Making: A Literary Arts Foundation
 
Foundational Programs for 2021–22
Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022
Decision/Making: A Literary Arts Foundation
 
Foundational Programs for 2022–23
Fall 2022 Winter 2023 Spring 2023
Literary Arts Foundation
 
Foundational Programs for 2023–24
Fall 2023 Winter 2024 Spring 2024
Literary Arts Foundation
 

Advanced programs

Advanced programs in the Literary Arts Path typically offer the following:

  • Learn skills in cultural and textual analysis
  • Practice different modes of writing
  • Recognize how writers respond to their historical and social contexts
  • Understand the difference between primary and secondary sources
  • Explore the perspectives told through fiction and nonfiction lenses

Advanced work in this area may also include a capstone project, individual learning contracts, or internships.

Advanced Programs for 2019–20
Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020
  
Advanced Writing: Capstone in Literary Arts and the Humanities
Advanced Programs for 2020–21
Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021
  
Advanced Writing: Capstone in Literary Arts and the Humanities
Advanced Programs for 2021–22
Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022
Advanced Writing: Capstone in Literary Arts and the Humanities
 
Advanced Programs for 2022–23
Fall 2022 Winter 2023 Spring 2023
Capstone in Literary Arts and the Humanities
 
Advanced Programs for 2023–24
Fall 2023 Winter 2024 Spring 2024
Literary Arts Capstone