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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.

Businesses across all lines recognize and reward soft skills-training and value those employees who show aptitude in adapting to a changing and rapidly growing culture. Many professional schools benefit from applicants with a degree in English/Literature. Law schools historically have appreciated the skills our students bring. Medical, business, and professional schools are taking an increasing number of English degree holders, as well as implementing a more humanities-based curriculum that includes courses in literary studies as a means of achieving empathy and cultural-awareness training.

What You'll Do

  • Gain skills necessary for a wide array of career paths, and work in publishing, communication, journalism and advertising fields
  • Develop key skills in navigating today’s fastchanging world: written and oral communication, digital and traditional research methods, textual analysis and understanding of our global community
  • Study narrative strategies, critical theory, historical and cultural context and diverse literary genres.

What You'll Study

  • LI 260 English Literature I 
  • LI 576 Am Fiction/21st Century
  • UI 332 Images of Women in Literature

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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Public and private schools
  • Libraries
  • Ph.D. programs
  • Law schools and other professional programs
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Health care industry
  • Publishing and editing
  • Local, state, and federal governments
  • Parks and recreation
  • Financial industries
  • Technical and professional writing
  • Human resources
  • Marketing/Advertising


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