Do you love reading, writing about, and discussing literature? If your answer is yes, then the Literary Studies Minor is right for you. In addition to the marketable skills you gain and polish as you fulfill the minor’s requirements, this minor combines enjoyment with intellectual excitement. In other words, you unite your head and your heart. A Literary Studies Minor invites you to consider answers to some of the most complicated questions we face in our everyday lives: why do people do what they do? What causes one person to become a non-conformist while most people unquestioningly follow the crowd? What makes certain language and imagery beautiful, moving, and appropriate, while other words fall flat? How can we find expression for a complex knot of emotions when a certain experience leaves us stunned and speechless? Through reading literature, how may we come to feel a sense of kindred with the author, to feel less alone in the world?
In studying and understanding the language of paradox, you may expand your imagination, refine your judgment, and deepen your insights regarding timeless situations of love and loss, adventure, comedy and tragedy, aspirations and disappointment that have affected and continue to shape human beings.
Warning: the Literary Studies Minor may increase your tendency to question authority and to see an issue in its full complexity, rather than in simplistic, “pat” explanations.
The Literary Studies Minor consists of six courses (18 credit hours) in literature or related courses. The credit hours should be distributed as follows:
Within the framework above, each student should construct, with the help and approval of the adviser, a balanced and coherent program.
Alternatively, a student, in close consultation with an English Department adviser, may construct his or her own program. Only those courses in which a grade of C or better has been earned may count toward the Literary Studies minor. For more information, please come to the English Department office, 132 Hoyt Hall.