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Literature
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Washington, DC 20016-8047
Literature MA

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What Lit Are You?

The literature BA program offers students the chance to choose one of four 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. In our new Transcultural Studies track, students focus on various cultural texts (such as literature, theater, film, television, and social media) in a global and multicultural context. 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 have a range of employment and internship opportunities. Ninety percent of our majors hold internships. In terms of careers, they work in publishing, public radio, law, education, advocacy, and politics.

Employers in all sectors are increasingly saying that they need employees who can write well and communicate, and lit majors find themselves well prepared for the competitive job market. They also take advantage of a wide array of study abroad opportunities. View testimonials of how the literature degree helped prepare our graduates for their careers.

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  1. Explorations in Writing Studies

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  1. First Gen: Run the World

  2. Creative Writing Program Meeting

  3. Literature Colloquium Fall 2016: Zadie Smith's WHITE TEETH

  4. Visiting Writers Series 2016-2017, Alumni Reading Presenting Paula Whyman

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Bulletins

Prof. Stephanie Grant, How I Spent My Summer Vacation: With Ferrante and Knausgaard, in Literary Hub

Prof. Kelly Gammon White, Why Ireland? in Ragazine

Prof. Kyle Dargan, Points of Contact, in The New York Times Magazine

Prof. David Pike in Global Undergrounds

Prof. Arielle Bernstein, Where the Spirit of Mister Rogers Endures, in The Atlantic

Prof. David Keplinger is one of 23 recipients of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in the area of Literary Translation

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