Literature students develop a distinctive critical-analytical voice and firm grounding in literary theory and history and their vocabularies. Many of the faculty teaching literature are also creative writers and understand approaches to the study of literature from the perspectives of practitioner, scholar, and critic. Although many students in literature classes are themselves creative writers, literature writing almost always takes the form of the critical essay or research paper.
This page outlines the requirements for the Literature minor. Literary Studies majors wishing to concentrate in Literature: See Literature concentration requirements.
Undergraduate students from any school of the university who are not majoring in Liberal Arts can select a minor from Lang’s offerings. Similarly, Lang students who are not pursuing a BA or BS in Liberal Arts can select a minor from those offered in other schools, provided they meet the prerequisites and related requirements. (Lang students pursuing a BA or BS in Liberal Arts: See Self-Designed Major, below.)
Choose 1 (4 credits):
Any 2000-level course (lecture or seminar)or ULEC 2740 Invention of Literatureor ULEC 2820 Literary Reinvention
1 LLST single-text or single-author courses. The course can be on prose, drama, poetry, or nonfiction. (4 credits)
3 LLSL or LLST electives, at least one of which should be an LLST course that is 3000-level or higher. (9-12 credits)
Total credits: 17-20
Students must receive a grade of C or better in every course used to fulfill area of study requirements.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts cannot elect an academic minor; however, they can pursue deeper study in the literary arts through the self-designed major. To explore this option, contact an academic advisor and read more about the self-designed option at Lang.
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For general questions about Literary Studies, email
Literary Studies faculty and advisors.
Juan E. De Castro
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