Form matters.

Pairing your interests in eloquent, meaningful words and written texts, a major in literature will allow you to develop your ability to read and write as an effective, ethically responsible communicator. Through roundtable discussions in your courses, you will design, express, interpret, and evaluate literature in light of a Christian worldview, understanding moral choices and related implications.

Graduating equipped with knowledge of critical theory, you will extend your abilities as a reader and writer, sharpening your skills to interpret and respond to both familiar and new texts.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Humanities
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Quick Facts

    • Major Credit Hours: 49-51
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
      • Fall semester—August 15
      • Spring semester—January 1

    Career Opportunities

    A major in literature offers you flexibility. From being prepared for graduate courses in an extensive list of fields to bringing your attentiveness to communication to an equally lengthy list of possible job roles, your coursework will solidify your strengths in aesthetic understanding, argumentation, creativity and ideation, critical reading, and research.

    • Archivist
    • Editor
    • Educator
    • Narrator
    • Paralegal
  • Degree Completion

    Download a sample degree plan for a major in Literature.

    Internship Opportunities

    Grand Rapids offers countless opportunities for you to gain experience in drafting copy for publication and refining your editing skills. You may consider serving as an intern with...
    • Baker Publishing Group
    • Cornerstone University's Marketing Office
    • Kregel Publications
    • Mission Network News
    • Zondervan Publishing Company

Career Outcomes

  • Amy Nemecak works as a freelance editor for Baker Publishing Group.
  • Matt Harrison teaches philosophy and literature.
  • Jack Baker is a Ph.D. student in literature and philosophy at Purdue University.

Major Courses and Catalog

In addition to completing the university's core curriculum, the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities degree with a Literature concentration requires the following classes:

  • ENG-224 World and Literature (3 credit hours)
  • ENG-324 Literary Modernisms: Anglo-American Writers (3 credit hours)
  • ENG-326 Contemporary Literature (3 credit hours)
  • ENG-328 Selected Authors and Eras (3 credit hours)
  • ENG-334 American Renaissance in the 19th Century (3 credit hours)
  • ENG-342 British Romantic & Victorian Literature (3 credit hours)
  • ENG-344 British Literature to 1700 (3 credit hours)
  • HUM-382 Humanities Seminar—2 semesters (6 credit hours)
  • HUM-481 Humanities Capstone (2 credit hours)
  • HUM-482 Thesis (2 credit hours)
  • Program electives (9 credit hours)
  • Foreign language courses (9-11 credit hours)

For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Cornerstone University Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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