Literary study provides content knowledge of literature from various time periods
and cultures while honing skills of self-expression and reasoning. The study of literature
increases insights into human behavior; emphasizes reading comprehension, critical
thinking, and writing skills; elevates social and historical consciousness; fosters
success in communication and interpersonal interchanges; and enhances creative abilities.
The literature curriculum teaches ethical complexity, interpretative multiplicity,
and the importance of empathy in human relations.
What You'll Do
- Develop key skills in navigating today’s fast-changing world: written and oral communication,
digital and traditional research methods, textual analysis, and understanding of our
- Interact with qualified, award winning faculty in a small-class environment.
- Gain skills necessary for a wide array of career paths.
- Gain professional experience by having access to English department resources including
internationally renowned Center for Faulkner Studies, Southeast Missouri State University
Press, Center for Writing Excellence, and student-run journals such as Literati: An
Annual Journal of Literary Studies and Journey.
- Study narrative strategies, critical theory, historical and cultural context, and
diverse literary genres.
What You'll Study
- LI577 Studies in Early English Literature
- LI565 Southern Literature
- UI431 Shakespeare Tragedies & the Human Condition
- LI271 American Literature II
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