What Lit Are You?
The Literature Program offers students the chance to choose one of three exciting tracks, or focuses of study. In the Literary Studies Track, students come to understand why literature matters: how it defines culture, the human, and our values, and how it facilitates empathy. The Cinema Studies Track allows students to study literature alongside cinema and to discern the ways that cinema as a language and art shapes our society. Lastly, the Creative Writing Track gives students the opportunity to hone their craft and improve their poetry or prose in close-knit workshops.In each of the tracks, students work with dedicated, award-winning faculty who pay close attention to the needs of each individual.
Literature majors garner excellent writing and communication skills.They know how to learn, to analyze and comprehend other viewpoints, and to argue for ideas. Literature majors in all tracks have a range of careers and internships. Indeed 89% of our majors hold internships.In terms of careers, they work in publishing, public radio, law, education, advocacy and politics.
American Express recently explained in this article that English majors
are the hot new hire! Employers in all sectors are increasingly saying that they need employees who can write well and communicate, and Lit majors find themselves to be well prepared for the competitive job market. They also take advantage of a wide array of study abroad opportunities.
"All my marketable skills, I learned through the Literature major: being able toread and process quickly and thoroughly, being able to write quickly,comprehensively, and cogently, and just a general analytical eye. As a Literature major I learned to express myself to a variety of audiences and across different mediums, and that's been extremely important in the political field."
-Rachel Tardiff, Class of 2011
Senior Director of Media Relations at FitzGibbon Media, a Communications Consulting Firm