Like a traditional English degree, Fontbonne’s literary studies major emphasizes the in-depth study of literature through critical analysis and exploration of theory and history.
Literary studies majors are critical thinkers who study literature, language and culture as a means of understanding individual experience and society as a whole. Because our program emphasizes interpretation, discussion, reflection and writing, our students develop skills that are valuable in a variety of professions ranging from business to teaching to law.
Literary Studies Program Highlights
- Development of critical awareness and its application to the larger world
- Foundation in literary tradition and analysis; sophisticated development of critical thought
- Preparation to take on complicated problems and find solutions
- Dynamic classes, student-centered environment
- Development of both oral and written communication
- Career or graduate school preparation
- Sigma Tau Delta, Fontbonne’s chapter of the national English honor society
Literary Studies Course Samples
- ENG 370
Critical Approaches to Literature3 credits
Study of the nature and function of literature and various extrinsic and intrinsic techniques for critical evaluation, including new criticism, structuralism, post-structuralism, and psychoanalysis.
- ENG 240
Survey of English Literature to 17893 credits
Consideration of important movements, writers, and works from Beowulf to the Augustan era. (pre-1865)
- ENG 261
Survey of American Literature since 18653 credits
Consideration of important movements, writers, and works of the late 19th century and of the 20th century; emphasis on realism, naturalism, regionalism, modernism, and postmodernism.
Literary Studies Career Opportunities
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