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Literature Concentration

The Literature concentration at Marylhurst University gives students the opportunity to read broadly and to study literature as a material object-that is, as a book, a digital project, a comic, or in combination with visual arts. You will graduate prepared to successfully impact graduate programs and careers that require critical thinking and writing, including teaching, literature, comic arts, library science, law, and publishing.

As a literature student, you will thoughtfully explore both literary classics and contemporary voices. You will:

  • Study how historical and cultural contexts shape literature and its material forms such as manuscripts, books, graphic novels, or digital formats.
  • Engage critical questions surrounding authors, periods and themes.
  • Make critical connections between literature and changing technologies.
  • Compose creative work in text and image.
  • Investigate representations of identity, race, gender, nation, sexuality and class in literature.

What to expect

Enjoy scheduling flexibility with options to complete your English Literature & Writing degree with literature concentration on the Marylhurst campus or online. Based on your scheduling needs, you may also choose to participate in both online and on-campus courses.

Regardless of whether you participate in on-campus or online courses, all literature classes are taught by the same accomplished teachers and published scholars. You will benefit from a small class learning environment that fosters close student collaboration with professors and fellow students. Marylhurst English literature faculty are committed to creating a challenging teaching and learning experience that supports your individual intellectual, creative and professional goals. If you're looking for a series of classes or to complete a bachelor's degree in English literature and writing, the department has a range of opportunities for you.

A community of readers and writers

You can find the spark, momentum and support you need to excel creatively, thanks to the numerous resources we offer our students. Learn more about these resources:

Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta
Reading Series
M Review
Poetry Post
Writing Center 

Degree breakdown

To graduate with a bachelor's degree, you must complete a total of 180 credits:

Events list for the current academic year.
  Quarter Credits
Major requirements 60
Marylhurst Core requirements 44
General electives 76
Total 180*

*More than 90 percent of Marylhurst students are transfer students.
Learn if you have prior college credit that can transfer into the BA in English Literature & Writing program with a free transfer evaluation.

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History of the Book Exhibit

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Hear five talented student poets read from their original works in our community garden. Refreshments will be served.


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Senior Creative Writing Reading

Seniors in the creative writing program will read from their works.


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