The Department of Literature & Languages explores the power of language through a range of writing, literature, and other thematic courses. Our faculty celebrate effective writing and help students write effectively. The ability to express ideas in clear, concise, and forceful language is a key talent in all walks of life. The study of literature draws connections between the global and the everyday. Through literature, we study everything: from religion, linguistics, philosophy, or business, to law, science, politics, gender, or popular culture. Literature bears us into awareness and allows us to live thousands of experiences simultaneously. We examine writers who, in the words of Toni Morrison, “familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar.”
Literature & Languages students benefit from one-on-one student-teacher mentorship for research and graduate studies. Over 30% of our majors and minors pursue graduate degrees. The department offers a variety of grants, work-study programs, and other types of generous student research support and academic enhancement, immersion trips and study-abroad opportunities and support. The Writing Center offers both excellent writing support as well as opportunities for work and research. The department also encourages students to join student clubs and organizations, offers opportunities to volunteer for community service events, organizes reading series, sponsors the literary journal Tapestries, and endorses other campus-wide publications.
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