This page outlines the requirements for the major in
Literary Studies (BA, Literary Studies). In addition to the major, Lang offers a
Writing minor and a
Literature minor. Students can also study literature and writing as part of a
self-designed major (BA, Liberal Arts).
Faculty members in Literary Studies regard critical and theoretical writing as a process that is as creative as writing poetry, fiction, and drama. Students are encouraged to begin with 2,000-level courses in Literature (LLSL) and Writing (LLSW) as they consider one of these two tracks. Two required Literary Introductions courses (The Invention of Literature, offered every fall, and Literary Reinvention, offered every spring), focusing on texts from the classic to the contemporary, enable students to build a solid foundation in literary studies and provide them with a common language and literary experience as they proceed to more advanced study. Literary Studies students can also apply to continue their writing and literature coursework abroad beginning in their sophomore year, in
Paris, London, Rome, or Verona.
In their junior or senior year, all students are required to take an intensive single-text course in which both critics and practitioners of writing explore the nuances of a major work, as well as a Reading for Writers course combining the reading of great works with creative writing.
Completion of the program in Literary Studies requires that 13 courses be completed as set forth below. In choosing courses to meet requirements, students are encouraged to meet with
Juan E. de Castro (212.229.5100 x2257) for questions about the Writing program and James Fuerst with questions about the Literature program. Students who enrolled in spring 2008 or earlier may follow the rules for the old Writing or Literature areas of study (BA in Liberal Arts) or may opt to follow the new, more rigorous requirements for the BA in Literary Studies (Literature or Writing Concentration). Students who enrolled at Lang after spring 2008 must adhere to the new rules for the major.
Students should track their progress in fulfilling the Literary Studies major by using the program requirement worksheet for their concentration (Literature or Writing). To see a semester-by-semester example of writing and literature tracks for a degree in Literary Studies, download this
sample curricular path form (PDF). Download the requirements worksheet (PDF) for the year in which you declared your major in Literary Studies. NOTE: These worksheets are for the Literary Studies major:
Below are the general requirements for the degree in Literary Studies. For specific requirements, see the
Literature Concentration or the
Writing Concentration and download the appropriate worksheet above. To see which courses fulfill these requirements, visit the Lang Course Finder.
All Literary Studies students (in either the Writing or Literature concentration) take the following core courses. Students are advised to pay close attention to prerequisites included in course descriptions and to meet with the chair.
NOTE: Literary Introductions courses are co/prerequisites for
all 3000-level Literary Studies courses, unless waived by the chair.
All Literary Studies students must complete nine courses in their chosen concentration, either Literature or Writing.
All courses offered by Literary Studies must be passed with a grade of C or better, except sequenced Writing Workshops, which have a higher requirement: Students may not take an Intermediate Writing Workshop unless they have received a grade of B or higher in the Introductory Workshop in the same genre. Students who did not receive a B may retake the Introductory Workshop. Students who do not meet the minimum grade requirements to advance in Literary Studies and who cannot retake the necessary course must meet with the chair to determine their options. (Lang recommends that students who are unable to meet the grade minimums in their workshops consider changing their major or switching to the Literature track in Literary Studies.) Students interested in Journalism are encouraged to consider
Journalism + Design. Note that upper-level students who substituted writing workshops in journalism for writing workshops in nonfiction in previous years (prior to fall 2014) will have those substitutions fully honored. Schools of Public Engagement writing workshops (Adult Bachelor's program) do not count toward the five writing courses for Lang Writing.
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Admission ContactOffice of AdmissionEugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
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New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
For general questions about Literary Studies, email
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