Literature Minor

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

  • English
  • Theology
  • Elementary education
  • History
  • Political science
  • Communication
  • And many more!

Curriculum Highlights

  • Exposure to traditional works in American and British literature, as well as multicultural and non-Western literature.
  • Authors studied have included: Langston Hughes, Geoffrey Chaucer, Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, Salman Rushdie, Amy Tan and Sherman Alexie, among many others.
  • Students develop the ability to think and write critically about literature in addition to appreciating literature.

Field Experience

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.


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Possible Careers After Graduation 

  • Author
  • Teacher
  • Playwright
  • Screenplay writer
  • Poet
  • Editor
  • Communication professional
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