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.

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.

Planned offerings for 2020–21
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
America in Translation: History, Culture, Theory (Foundations in CTLWS) (Remote/In-Person*) FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Autobiography JR-SR
  • Winter
8
Beckett's Trilogy I SO-SR
  • Fall
2
Beckett's Trilogy II SO-SR
  • Winter
2
Dangerous Reading: Foundation in the Humanities and Arts SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Decision / Making: Foundations in Literary Arts & Creative Writing SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Explorations in Education and Writing SO-SR
  • Spring
8
Experiments in Text FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Greece and Italy: An Artistic and Literary Odyssey (Remote/In-Person*) SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
In Other Words: Translations in World Literature and Music SO-SR
  • Spring
16
In the Presence of Beauty: Writing, Healing, Resilience SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Literature and Philosophy: Projects and Theses JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Poetry New York SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Queer Literature: Reading and Writing Illness and Disability Experience SO-SR
  • Spring
8
Reading Paradise Lost JR-SR
  • Spring
4
Russia's Magnificent Siberia: Shaman, Cossack and Commissar SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Science, Story, and Sustainability: The Quest for a Flourishing Earth SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Shifting the Margins: Revolutionary Writing in Times of Crisis FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Silk Roads: Culture, History, and Philosophy of China SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Stalin: Soviet Russia's Legacy in Stone, Steel, and Blood SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Teaching English Language Learners: Culture, Theory, and Methods SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Telling the Story: Business, Digital Marketing, and Ethics SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
The Age of Irony SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
The Art of Adaptation: Myth and Modernity SO-SR
  • Spring
8
The Meaning of Work: A Creative and Critical Inquiry (Remote/In-Person*) SO-SR
  • Fall
8
The Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural Crossings SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Waiting for Gödel: Mathematics in the Work of Samuel Beckett JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Writing Machines: Computer Programming and Literature (Remote/In-Person*) FR
  • Fall
  • Winter
14