The major is designed for students interested in studying literature within the context of American culture and twenty-first-century issues. Such students prefer, rather than a traditional English major, a literature-focused but interdisciplinary perspective on the society within which they live. As with the English major, this major will help students develop their ability to read critically, write effectively, and engage in substantive research. Literature and American Culture will be more rooted in contemporary social, political, and aesthetic issues than the English major.
Students will gain experience and expertise in several important areas: