Students can pursue Literary Studies as a
major (BA, Literary Studies), a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts) or a minor in either
In the Literary Studies major, with concentrations in Literature and Writing, you’ll consider the written word from both critical and creative perspectives. Courses use innovative methods to discover breadth and depth in texts, in writing assignments, and in the field as a whole.
Study the craft and technique of writing fiction, poetry, and nonfiction through carefully designed, sequenced courses leading to a final semester of intensive “capstone” work in your chosen genre and courses in a secondary genre. All writing courses are taught by practicing writers with national reputations, and are based on the following assumptions:
Learn more about the Writing concentration.
Acquire a broad knowledge of literary criticism and theory as well as finely honed skills as a critical reader, writer, and analytical thinker. Courses are taught in English by faculty with national reputations in the fields of
Many students complete a minor in a foreign language or take advantage of ample opportunities for study abroad.
Learn more about the Literature concentration.
Students are invited to attend literary readings around the city; to work on the award-winning newspaper, the New School Free Press, and the Lang literary magazine, Release; and to take advantage of publishing and writing internships and opportunities to work with professional writers and editors in the nation’s literary capital. Lang’s internship program places students with publishing houses and other literary venues in New York City. Additional exposure to the city’s vast resources occurs through
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Literary Studies graduates work for publishing companies, magazines, websites, and libraries. They pursue careers in nonprofit institutions, government agencies, educational institutions, advertising, marketing, consulting, and sales. Lang prepares students in both concentrations to go on to graduate study and careers in academia.
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Admission ContactOffice of AdmissionEugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
Carolyn Vellenga Berman
Literary Studies Department Advisor
Literature Capstone Coordinator
Writing Capstone Coordinator
Program Requirements WorksheetsFind your worksheet at your department's curricular page:Literature concentrationsWriting concentrationsSenior CapstonesDownload Senior Capstone in LiteratureDownload Senior Capstone in Writing