The literature concentration provides students with a sense of the historical development of the Western literary tradition, especially that of English and American literature. Students also examine how that tradition is continually re-formed and reshaped as writers from previously excluded cultural traditions and once-marginalized groups are added to the canon. Students in the concentration develop the analytical skills and critical language to describe, analyze, and evaluate literary texts.
Internships within the English Department offer students the opportunity to gain experience in research and teaching, while internships in the private and public sectors present students with the opportunity to gain work experience that utilizes the analytical, interpretive, and writing skills that the concentration fosters.
Students have the ability to pursue a BA in English with a concentration in literature and/or a literature minor.