Literature students develop a distinctive critical-analytical voice and firm grounding in literary theory and history and their vocabularies. Many of the faculty teaching literature are also creative writers and understand approaches to the study of literature
from the perspectives of practitioner, scholar, and critic. Although many students in literature classes are themselves creative writers, writing on literature almost always takes the form of a critical essay or research paper.
This page outlines the requirements for the Literature minor. Literary Studies majors wishing to concentrate in Literature: See Literature concentration requirements.
Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School.
One 2000-level LLSL course (or a course approved by the chair) (4 credits)
One LLST single-text or single-author course. The course can be on prose, drama, poetry, or nonfiction. (4 credits)
Three LLSL or LLST electives, at least one of which should be an LLST course that is 3000 level or higher (9-12 credits)
Total credits: 17-20
Students must receive a grade of C or better in every course used to fulfill area of study requirements.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts can pursue deeper study in the literary arts through the self-designed major. To explore this option, contact an academic advisor and read more about the self-designed option at Lang.
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For general questions about Literary Studies, email
Literary Studies faculty and advisors.
Juan E. De Castro
Literature Departmental Faculty Advisor
Juan E. De Castro firstname.lastname@example.org
Writing Departmental Faculty Advisor Colette Brooks
Colette@newschool.eduLiterature 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