< Back to Research College Major & Requirements

Courses for a Degree in Literature

Literature is the study of expert writers and their books. This major might also write and create their own poetry and fiction.

For this major you’ll take lots of literature classes. But you’ll also need to take classes in the arts, science, math, and social sciences to earn your bachelor’s degree. These extra courses help make sure that you graduate from college with all of the skills you’ll need to prepare for a successful career.

Here are some of the courses you might take to earn a degree in literature:

Literature Courses:

  • Introduction to Literary Genres
  • Film Analysis
  • Jewish Literature and Culture
  • Approaches to Classical Myth
  • Race in Literature
  • Monsters and Literature
  • Literary Traditions of India
  • 20th Century American Literature
  • Literature and Law
  • Memory and Identity in Asian American Literature
  • Gender and Horror
  • Author Study
  • Comparative and World Literatures
  • Social Justice and Literature
  • Writing, Editing and Digital Publishing
  • Creative Writing

General Curriculum Requirements

  • Arts Courses: Art, History, Languages, Literature, Music
  • Math Courses: Algebra, Calculus, Computer Science, Logic, Statistics
  • Natural Sciences Courses: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics
  • Social Sciences Courses: Anthropology, Economics, Government, Psychology, Sociology