We engage students in the many genres and periods of literature, exposing them to the cultures, movements, authors, and texts that have enriched literature over the years. You’ll collaborate with your peers and faculty to create new ideas, discover important narratives, and learn how language is applied globally.

3 Degree Options: Pre-Education, Pre-Law, & Literature
22 Average Class Size
100+ English courses offered
3 Study abroad Programs
What Is a Degree in Literature and Language?

A literature and language major prepares you to think critically and solve problems. You can tailor your degree to your areas of interest, choosing an author, historical context, and genre to study. The sophisticated thought and analysis of literature will take you more deeply into literary studies or specifically prepare you for careers in education or law.

Why Study Literature and Language Here?

We specialize in a range of authors, genres, and historical periods, ensuring you will have a mentor to guide you on your quest for knowledge. Our literature major option or pre-education or pre-law track will help propel you into your career field through alumni industry connections. Our students have gone on to careers in publishing, law, teaching, and technical writing.

Beyond the Classroom

Undergraduate Research and Independent Study


Talk to a professor about designing your own research project to take a deeper look at a topic of your interest. You'll work closely with a faculty advisor to plan a course of action and discuss your findings. You can also participate in a collaborative project where you help a faculty member with their research.

Undergrad research


Get Experience

By working in the field, you'll earn job experience and learn more about the industry of your interest. Literature majors have recently interned with national corporations, local schools, and law firms.


Study Abroad

Study Away

We host a faculty-led trip to London, an exchange program with Loughborough University, and a Wintermester Experience that visits different locations each year. These experiences enrich your understanding of the history and culture with the English language and its literature.

Study Abroad

Strong Community

Student Organizations

You will join an active and welcoming community. Our student organizations include the English Club, Linguistics Club, Creative Writing Club, and Sigma Tau Delta. We hold an annual literary festival, Glossolalia, that features original works including readings and performances by students and visiting writers.

What Our Students Are Saying

"My major in literature and language: pre-law has transformed my analytical skills and thinking. The courses and professors have cultivated my passion for literature and taught me about the human experience. I  know that after graduation I will be prepared for law school."

—Jessica Craig, 17'

Careers and Further Study