The Literature Major at Ramapo College: Read your world, Write your life.
Literature majors go on to many exciting careers. Many literature students prepare for these careers with internships, co-ops, and service learning placements. Here, students make valuable connections in the community and professional world. Literature is, of course, excellent preparation for teaching on the elementary or secondary levels; however, teaching is by no means the only opportunity a literature degree offers. Literature graduates excel in business, government, and even science, wherever articulate and creative expression is valued. Our students have gone on to careers in publishing, writing, law, journalism, higher education, and library sciences. Literature provides training for law, diplomacy, and public relations. Visit our Success Stories page and meet some of our graduates and current students:
Literature Majors become thoughtful, informed citizens who engage their imaginations through the study of literary texts from around the world and across history. They develop the critical thinking, reading, research, and writing skills essential for success in our increasingly interconnected and changing world. The Major prepares students for the working world, but also for life’s other challenges.
The program balances survey and seminar, American, British, and world literature. Students study genre, period, and theme; they develop skills in reading, criticism, and creative writing. Courses emphasize the interdisciplinary and multicultural dimensions of literature and life. They fire the imagination while preparing students for careers or graduate education.
Student creativity is central to the Literature program. Besides pursuing a Literature major, students may choose to minor or concentrate in Creative Writing. Our students also edit Trillium, the college’s literary magazine. Our student organizations (the Literature Club and the Omega Omega Chapter of the national English Honor Society) are among the most engaged and successful on campus. The faculty advisor to the yearbook, The Arch, has long been a member of the Literature faculty.
Literature is central to the College’s liberal arts mission, at the very heart of its focus on interdisciplinarity, multiculturalism, and global connection. Literature takes in the entire world, and fosters the development of an enlightened and critical citizen of the world.
The major is offered by the Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies and leads to a B.A. degree. The Literature Program also offers two minors: Literature or Creative Writing. Some Literature Majors choose to pursue a concentration in Creative Writing. Please visit https://www.ramapo.edu/major-literature/ to learn more about he major, minor, and concentration.