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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.
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