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Literature Major

The human experience is complex and beautiful. Explore the history of what it means to be human through the lens of writers from around the globe and across centuries. Insight into the form, style and function in which these authors wrote will enhance your understanding of history, sociology and the written word.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Arts


  • On Campus
  • Residential


  • Grand Rapids

Degree Plan


During your time as a literature major, you will gain critical experience through an internship with one of our employment partners from around West Michigan. Through an internship, you’ll gain insight into writing, publishing and editing.


Literature majors from Cornerstone University have a wide array of career paths ahead of them. Some go on to graduate school to become teachers and others work at libraries or publishing companies.


  • Archivist
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Narrator
  • Paralegal


Of Humanities Division graduates from the class of 2019 were employed or enrolled in graduate schools within six months of graduation.


Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.


Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Program Features and
Learning Outcomes

The literature program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

Off-Campus Study Opportunities

As a Humanities Division student, you will have the opportunity to study abroad in places such as Ireland, Ecuador, France, Italy, Kosovo, Oxford, South Africa and Spain.

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Humanities Division Annual Seminar

The Humanities Division provides students from all academic divisions with an annual seminar to discuss topics such as an era of poetry or influential thinkers. This seminar experience also includes an opportunity to study abroad in Oxford, England.

Program Learning Outcomes

The literature program reflects our commitment to developing students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes in five distinct yet interconnected areas.

Specialized Knowledge

Demonstrate knowledge of the nature and function of language.

  • Describe the nature of human language according to current linguistic theory.
  • Explain the structure of human language.
  • Situate language within its social and cultural contexts.

Applied Knowledge and Collaborative Learning

Analyze language within its social and cultural context.

  • Compare and contrast language systems in terms of systematic differences in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.
  • Evaluate the complexities/dynamic nature of language(s).
  • Demonstrate the relationship between a linguistic system and its social/historical context.

Intellectual Skills

Demonstrate your ability to integrate both traditional and non-traditional cognitive skills, including analytical inquiry, information literacy, quantitative fluency and communicative fluency.

Civic and Global Learning

Demonstrate intercultural competence in addressing civic, social, environmental and economic issues.

Biblical Worldview Integration

Articulate a Christ-centered worldview and its personal, professional and communal embodiment through Christian virtues.

Cornerstone professors inspire me to be creative by challenging me. They encourage me to do my best in assignments while also giving me the tools necessary to think through problems.

Tallie Wheeler (’23)


CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.

Related Programs

The Humanities Division offers a wide range of majors that can be tailored to your interests. Check out other programs related to literature.

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