The English and Literary Studies Major at Ramapo College: Read Your World, Write Your Life.
English and Literary Studies majors are ready to embark on any number of exciting careers. English and Literary Studies graduates excel in government, business, law, and even science—wherever articulate and creative expression is valued. And of course, the study of literature is excellent preparation for elementary or secondary teaching.
Ramapo’s English and Literary Studies majors make valuable connections in the community and professional world through coursework, internships, cooperative education, and service learning. They thrive in the worlds of publishing, writing, law, journalism, diplomacy, public relations, higher education, and library sciences.
Visit our Success Stories page and meet our graduates and current students: https://www.ramapo.edu/major-literature/success-stories/.
The English and Literary Studies major does more than prepare students for the working world; it fosters thoughtful, informed citizenship. Students develop the critical thinking, reading, research, and writing skills essential in our increasingly interconnected world. As literary critic M. H. Abrams writes, the study of literature “shows you possibilities you haven’t thought of. It enables you to live the lives of other people than yourself.” Our students engage their imaginations through the study of literary texts that contain the history of our world—as that history actually unfolded and as it might have.
The program balances American, British, world literatures, and creative writing through survey, seminar, and workshop courses. Students study genre, form, period, and theme; they develop skills in reading, criticism, and creative writing. Courses emphasize the interdisciplinary and multicultural dimensions of literature and life, firing the imagination while preparing students for careers or graduate education. Literature takes in the entire world, and promotes critically informed global citizens.
Besides pursuing an English and Literary Studies major, students may choose to minor or concentrate in Creative Writing or Specialized Studies. Our students also edit Trillium, the college’s literary magazine. The Literature Club and Ramapo’s Chapter of the national English Honor Society are among the most engaged and successful student organizations on campus.
Literature is central to the College’s liberal arts mission, at the very heart of its focus on interdisciplinary, multiculturalism, and global connection. The major is offered by the School of Humanities and Global Studies and leads to a B.A. degree. The English and Literary Studies Program also offers two minors: English and Literary Studies or Creative Writing. Some English and Literary Studies Majors choose to pursue a concentration in Creative Writing.
Please visit: https://www.ramapo.edu/major-literature/ to learn more about the major, minor, and concentrations.
“Literature is the most astonishing technological means that humans have created, and now practiced for thousands of years, to capture experience.” —Stephen Greenblatt