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  • Available as a minor
    “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become." C.S. Lewis

  • The literature minor has limited hours so that students in a variety of fields can obtain it. Students from the following majors have found the literature minor coursework to be relevant to their areas of study: 

    • English
    • Theology
    • Elementary education
    • History
    • Political science
    • Communication

    Students are exposed not only to traditional works in American and British literature, but also to multicultural and non-Western literature. Authors studied include Langston Hughes, Geoffrey Chaucer, Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, Salman Rushdie, Amy Tan and Sherman Alexie, among many others.

    Through their studies, students develop the ability to think and write critically about literature in addition to appreciating literature.

    Putting knowledge to work

    To help students gain an even greater appreciation of literature, the department plans a trip to England every two years for a literary tour — one week in the countryside, and one week in the heart of London. Literature students also frequently attend plays at Chicago’s Shakespeare Theatre.

    Understanding that literature is connected to the world in which we live, students who have completed work for a minor in literature have deepened their liberal arts education and enriched their main studies.


    If you are a person who is: 

    • creative
    • imaginative
    • an avid reader
    • good with words

    then a minor in literature might be right for you!

    Possible careers include: author, teacher, playwright, screenplay writer, poet

    Literature is part of the Department of English and Modern Languages within the College of Arts and Sciences. 

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  • The literature minor was designed with minimal hours so that students in a variety of fields can obtain it.