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Washington, DC 20016-8047
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What Lit Are You?

The literature BA program offers students the chance to choose one of four exciting tracks, or focuses of study. In the Literary Studies track, students come to understand why literature matters: how it defines culture, the human, and our values, and how it facilitates empathy. The Cinema Studies track allows students to study literature alongside cinema and to discern the ways that cinema as a language and art shapes our society. In our new Transcultural Studies track, students focus on various cultural texts (such as literature, theater, film, television, and social media) in a global and multicultural context. Lastly, the Creative Writing track gives students the opportunity to hone their craft and improve their poetry or prose in close-knit workshops. In each of the tracks, students work with dedicated, award-winning faculty who pay close attention to the needs of each individual. 

Literature majors garner excellent writing and communication skills. They know how to learn, to analyze and comprehend other viewpoints, and to argue for ideas. Literature majors have a range of employment and internship opportunities. Ninety percent of our majors hold internships. In terms of careers, they work in publishing, public radio, law, education, advocacy, and politics.

Employers in all sectors are increasingly saying that they need employees who can write well and communicate, and lit majors find themselves well prepared for the competitive job market. They also take advantage of a wide array of study abroad opportunities. View testimonials of how the literature degree helped prepare our graduates for their careers.

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Prof. Kyle Dargan, curated poetry of civic engagement feature for BillMoyers.com

Prof. Fiona Brideoake, published new book, The Ladies of Llangollen: Desire, Indeterminacy, and the Legacies of Criticism

Neisha-Anne Green, Associate Director of the Writing Program, announced as keynote speaker for the International Writer Centers Association's Annual Conference in Chicago

Prof. Sarah Trembath, article in The Rumpus

Prof. Andrew Bertaina, poem in The Threepenny Review, spring edition

Prof. Edward Helfers, short-story published in DIAGRAM

Prof. Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Same Family, Different Colors review published in The Washington Post

Prof. Richard C. Sha elected to the Executive Forum of the Modern Language Association for English Romanticism from 2017-2021

Prof. Richard C. Sha to give a keynote lecture at the "Lost Romantics" Conference in Vechta, Germany in May 2017. His lecture will be called, "Mary Shelley's Abortion"

Prof. Richard C. Sha, article "The Turn to Affect: Emotions without Subjects, Causality without Demonstrable Causes," is forthcoming in the Palgrave Handbook of Affect Theory and Textual Criticism, ed. Donald Wehr

Prof. David Pike, "Slum," in A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism

Prof. David Pike, "Commuting to Another World: Spaces of Transport and Transport Maps in Urban Fantasy," in Popular Fiction and Spatiality: Reading Genre Settings

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