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  • In the Literature concentration of the Literary Studies major at Lang, you learn to view the written word from both critical and creative perspectives. While acquiring a broad knowledge of the history of world literatures in English and in translation, you hone skills as a critical reader, writer, and analytical thinker. You explore genres across cultural borders and historical periods, studying works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama.

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    Through courses in the Literature concentration, you 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

    You 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. While nearly all of the courses are taught in English, Literature students often take courses in foreign languages or teaching English as a second language.

    Concentration requirements

    Minor requirements

    Connecting to New York City

    While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. The Literature concentration connects you to this world capital of literature, publishing, and media through:

    • Class visits by well-known writers, literary publishers, practicing lawyers, archivists, and other New York City professionals
    • 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.

    If you are planning to pursue graduate studies, consider applying to the Bachelor's-Master's program, which enables you to earn graduate credits that will apply to both your Lang degree and a master's degree at The New School.

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