Students can pursue Literary Studies as a
major (BA, Literary Studies) with a concentration in either
Writing. Literary Studies can also be pursued as an area of study within a
self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts). In addition, undergraduates from any school of the university who are not majoring in Liberal Arts may choose to minor in either
In the Literary Studies major, you’ll consider the written word from both critical and creative perspectives. Faculty members in Literary Studies regard all kinds of writing as creative: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama as well as critical and theoretical writing. Both writing and literature courses use innovative methods to discover breadth and depth in texts, in writing assignments, and in the field as a whole. Such variety and versatility help students develop portable skills beyond effective writing, such as collaboration, research, analysis, and augmentation.
In the Writing concentration, you study the craft and technique of writing fiction, poetry, and nonfiction through carefully designed, sequenced courses leading to a final semester of intensive “capstone” work in your chosen genre and courses in a secondary genre. All writing courses are taught by practicing writers with national reputations, and are based on the following assumptions:
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In the Literature concentration, you acquire a broad knowledge of literary criticism and theory as well as finely honed skills as a critical reader, writer, and analytical thinker. You are encouraged to explore genres across linguistic borders and historical periods, or to develop in-depth knowledge of particular regions or periods in preparation for an independent senior "capstone" research essay. Topics of study include but are not limited to:
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Students are invited to attend literary readings around the city; to work on the award-winning newspaper, the New School Free Press, and the Lang literary magazine, Release; and to take advantage of publishing and writing internships and opportunities to work with professional writers and editors in the nation’s literary capital. Lang’s internship program places students with publishing houses and other literary venues in New York City. Additional exposure to the city’s vast resources occurs through
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Literary Studies graduates work for publishing companies, magazines, websites, and libraries. They pursue careers in nonprofit institutions, government agencies, educational institutions, advertising, marketing, consulting, and sales. Lang prepares students in both concentrations to go on to graduate study and careers in academia.
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Literary Studies faculty and advisors.
Juan E. De Castro
Literary Studies Department Advisor
Literature Capstone Coordinator
Carolyn Vellenga Berman
Writing Capstone Coordinator
Program Requirements WorksheetsFind your worksheet at your department's curricular page:Literature concentrationsWriting concentrationsSenior CapstonesDownload Senior Capstone in LiteratureDownload Senior Capstone in Writing