Literature is a
concentration within the Literary Studies major (BA, Literary Studies). Students can also study Literature as a
minor or as a guided area of study within the
self-designed Liberal Arts major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts).
In the Literature concentration of Literary Studies, students acquire a broad knowledge of literary criticism and theory as well as a mastery of close reading techniques. Students develop finely honed skills as critical readers, writers, and analytical thinkers while studying works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama from a wide range of cultures and literary and historical periods.
Students are encouraged either to explore genres across linguistic borders and historical periods or to attain a deep knowledge of particular regions or periods, extending across genres, in preparation for an independent senior “capstone” research essay.
Literature courses are taught by faculty with national reputations in the fields of English, American, and other Anglophone literature as well as Francophone (French-language) literature, Russian and eastern European literature, Latin and Italian literature, and Latin American and Caribbean literature.
Through Literature courses, students cultivate
While nearly all of the courses are taught in English, students in the Literature concentration often complete a minor in a foreign language. Others choose to complete a noncredit certificate in teaching English as a Second Language or a minor in such related fields as history, philosophy, religion, gender studies, or culture and media. Many students take advantage of Lang’s ample opportunities for study abroad.
Students interested in pursuing a master’s degree should consider The New School's
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At Eugene Lang College, you'll benefit from the intimate, seminar-based program of the college and the rich resources of The New School, a progressive urban university in New York City. The Literature concentration connects students to the world’s capital of literature, publishing, and media through
Graduates are prepared to pursue a wide range of fields including editing and publishing, magazine writing and reviews, writing and editing for digital media, government and nonprofit careers requiring advanced literary skills, and advertising, public relations, and corporate communications. Graduates can also go on to advanced studies in academic and professional fields.
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Literary Studies faculty and advisors.
Juan E. De Castro
Literary Studies Department Advisor
Literature Capstone Coordinator
Carolyn Vellenga Berman
Writing Capstone Coordinator
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