Studying literature provides an avenue into a deeper and more discerning understanding of culture. At Eastern, students learn about literary traditions, major authors, movements and genres. Our courses emphasize analytic reading, thinking and writing skills. Students not only become literary scholars, they also gain an understanding of how the humanities can reflect and shape culture. Required courses for majors are "Writing about Literature" and a capstone experience for graduating seniors, emphasizing multigenre work and community involvement. Students complement their studies by selecting from an array of elective and restricted elective courses. These courses feature diverse literary topics and historical periods, from British literature of the Middle Ages and Shakespeare to studies in contemporary poetry and global fiction. All our courses are profoundly engaged with contemporary cultural studies and critical theory. Course requirements are 30 credits for the major and 21 for the minor. To find out more, visit our undergraduate programs page.
EMU's master's program in Literature combines a traditional, period-focused approach to literature with an emphasis on literary and cultural theory and graduate level research and writing skills. One of the great strengths of the program is the diversity of backgrounds its students and faculty bring to the classroom. Our faculty is globally educated, with international faculty from Canada, Germany and Serbia, as well as faculty who have trained in countries ranging from Switzerland to Jamaica. The program brings together traditional students at the beginning of their careers and non-traditional students advancing to the next stage of their careers. This range of perspectives and career goals creates dynamic classrooms, where lively debates are enhanced by our award-winning faculty's active scholarly agendas. All our classes are offered in the evenings to accommodate students with full-time jobs. Students must complete 30 credit hours, while maintaining a 3.0 GPA, and a comprehensive examination or a thesis. To find out more, visit our graduate program page.
View Literature course offerings for upcoming terms by visiting the EMU Online Course Schedule page.
Learn more about undergraduate and graduate courses offered in Literature.
Literature faculty edit several journals such as the Journal of Narrative Theory and The Once and Future Classroom. Faculty and students also collaborate on several projects in digital humanities such as the Muriel Rukeyser
archive and 19th Century Jewish Life. Finally, graduating literature students publish their creative work in the Slughorne Journal.
On our career page, you can learn about employment opportunities and read recent studies which show that English majors are successful and desirable in the current job market.
All literature faculty also serve as advisers for both undergraduate and graduate literature programs.