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  • "Familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar" -Toni Morrison

    The study of literature helps readers to draw connections between the global and the everyday. Reading literature brings us into an awareness of ourselves and allows us to live thousands of experiences simultaneously.

    Likewise, the study of writing enhances our ability to use language to express ourselves in argument and art, to inform and raise public awareness, and to affect social change.  To write well and responsibly is to be able to use humankind’s most powerful tool—the pen—for the benefit and betterment of others. 

    • Majors, Minors & Concentrations
    • Curriculum
    • Outside the Classroom
    • Literature Program Highlights
    Majors, Minors & Concentrations

    Majors:

    English, B.A.  
    Spanish, B.A. 
    Spanish, International Business/Modern Language, Interdisciplinary, B.A. 

    Minors:

    American Studies Minor -  Course Catalog Minor Requirements
    English Minor -  Course Catalog Minor Requirements
    French Cultural Studies Minor -   Course Catalog Minor Requirements
    Global Cultures and Languages Minor -  Course Catalog Minor Requirements
    Italian Cultural Studies Minor -  Course Catalog Minor Requirements
    Literature Minor -  Course Catalog Minor Requirements
    Spanish Minor -  Course Catalog Minor Requirements
    Spanish Minor for Health Sciences -  Course Catalog Minor Requirements
    Spanish Minor for Law Enforcement -  Course Catalog Minor Requirements
    World Languages Minor -  Course Catalog Minor Requirements
    Creative Writing Minor -  Course Catalog Minor Requirements
    Professional Writing Minor -  Course Catalog Minor Requirements
    Writing Minor 

    Concentrations:

    English, Media Studies Concentration, B.A. - Course Catalog Major Requirements
    English, Secondary Education Concentration, B.A. - Course Catalog Major Requirements
    English, Secondary Special Education Concentration, B.A. -  Course Catalog Major Requirements
    Spanish, Secondary Education Concentration, B.A. - Course Catalog Major Requirements
    Spanish, Secondary Special Education Concentration, B.A. - Course Catalog Major Requirements

    Curriculum

    English majors benefit from individualized student-teacher mentorship for research and graduate studies. Over 50% of our majors pursue graduate degrees. The department offers a variety of grants, work-study opportunities, and generous student research support, as well as academic enhancement through conference presentations and attendance, Literary Club, and study abroad. The Writing Center offers both excellent writing support, with opportunities for hands-on tutoring experience and research. The department also organizes reading events, sponsors the literary journal Tapestries, and endorses other campus-wide publications, such as Visions, the university’s magazine for high school writing.  

    Literature & Languages faculty teach, specialize, and have an interest in a variety of areas:

    • British and American literature
    • African-American literature
    • women and literature
    • Shakespearian studies
    • 18th-century Irish periodical literature
    • world literatures
    • ecofeminism
    • animal rights literature
    • graphic novels
    • race theory
    • environmental literature 
    • popular culture
    • vegetarian theory
    • monsters in literature
    • medicine in literature
    • Romance and Latin American literature
    • genre studies
    • American working-class literature
    • Italian cinema
    • the politics of food
    • writing pedagogy
    • writing center administration

     

    Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of STEAM to view degree requirements.

    Outside the Classroom

    From clubs to campus publications, students have various opportunities to gain real-world experience and add to their resumes. Here are just a few of the offerings for our majors and minors:

    • Literary Club – Many of our majors and minors are active members of the Literary Club, which, in addition to hosting public readings and writing workshops, provides transportation and travel money for off-campus cultural events. One year, for instance, members of the Literary Club, accompanied by Professor Emeritus Dr. Kirk Weixel, attended a production of Rent in Pittsburgh.
    • Tapestries, a university-sponsored literary and visual arts magazine, reflecting the broad creative talents of the university’s burgeoning writers and artists.
    • Visions, the university’s magazine for high school writing. 
    • Writing Center – Many majors and minors also tutor in our writing center, helping their classmates become better writers, as well as sharpening their own interpersonal communication and writing skills.  

     

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      Literature Program Highlights
      • A record of better than 96 percent employment or grad-school enrollment within three months of graduation.
      • A multi-disciplinary approach that places the study of English - literature and writing -  in the context of our society by incorporating courses in philosophy, history, sociology, and political science.
      • Interactive student/instructor relationships with highly qualified faculty who enable students to put vast practical experience to use.
      • Independent study programs that allow students to pursue areas of special interest while working closely with a faculty mentor.