• IMG - Lang Literature

    Literature is a concentration within the Literary Studies major (BA, Literary Studies). Students can also study Literature as a minor or as a guided area of study within the self-designed Liberal Arts major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts).

    In the Literature concentration of Literary Studies, students acquire a broad knowledge of literary criticism and theory as well as a mastery of close reading techniques. Students develop finely honed skills as critical readers, writers, and analytical thinkers while studying works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama from a wide range of cultures and literary and historical periods.

    Students are encouraged either to explore genres across linguistic borders and historical periods or to attain a deep knowledge of particular regions or periods, extending across genres, in preparation for an independent senior “capstone” research essay.

    Literature courses are taught by faculty with national reputations in the fields of English, American, and other Anglophone literature as well as Francophone (French-language) literature, Russian and eastern European literature, Latin and Italian literature, and Latin American and Caribbean literature.

    Through Literature courses, students cultivate

    • A high level of literacy through sustained exposure to and careful study of literary texts
    • Analytic writing skills in reviewing primary texts and secondary sources and presenting theories and findings with evidence and documentation
    • Improved skills in the advanced arts of interpretation, including “close” reading, structural analysis of artistic works, and logical analysis
    • A nuanced understanding of the multiple ways of being in the world across time and space

    While nearly all of the courses are taught in English, students in the Literature concentration often complete a minor in a foreign language. Others choose to complete a noncredit certificate in teaching English as a Second Language or a minor in such related fields as history, philosophy, religion, gender studies, or culture and media. Many students take advantage of Lang’s ample opportunities for study abroad.

    Students interested in pursuing a master’s degree should consider The New School's Bachelor’s-Master’s program.

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    The University and New York City

    At Eugene Lang College, you'll benefit from the intimate, seminar-based program of the college and the rich resources of The New School, a progressive urban university in New York City. The Literature concentration connects students to the world’s capital of literature, publishing, and media through

    • Class visits by well-known writers, literary publishers, practicing lawyers, archivists, and other New York City professionals
    • A faculty that includes editors of and contributors to major literary reviews such as n+1, the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books, and the New York Times Book Review
    • Access to New York City’s archives of rare books and manuscripts
    • An internship program that places students with publishing houses, magazines, and other venues in NYC

    Career Paths

    Graduates are prepared to pursue a wide range of fields including editing and publishing, magazine writing and reviews, writing and editing for digital media, government and nonprofit careers requiring advanced literary skills, and advertising, public relations, and corporate communications. Graduates can also go on to advanced studies in academic and professional fields.