Literature Major

The study of literature teaches students to be skillful users and perceptive interpreters of the written word.

Students electing the literature major at Saint Mary’s become immersed in the literary exploration of the human condition, from the profound to the comic, which has been conducted by the great writers of the world. Students will study British and American literature and other literatures written in English, as well as world literatures in translation. Students develop their writing and critical thinking skills in small seminar settings that allow for exploration and discussion.

Students are encouraged to take part in Saint Mary’s London semester, preferably during their junior or senior year. Students are also encouraged to study a foreign language. The literature major highlights cultural competency and prepares students for any job or profession that requires the skills of critical reading and analysis. It is also excellent preparation for graduate or professional programs in English, law, journalism, and business.

Students looking to explore a greater variety of writing forms in connection with literature study may be interested in the literature with writing emphasis major.

Career Options

Advertising, marketing, and public relations managers; copywriters; editors; elementary, middle, and high school teachers; news analysts, reporters, and correspondents; post-secondary teachers; public interest lawyers; technical writers; writers

High School Preparation

Creative Writing; English Language; English Literature; European History; Journalism; Speech; U.S. History; World History

Enhance Your Experience

Students who major in literature oftentimes pursue additional studies in theology, business, or communication.