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Literature Concentration

The literature concentration in the BA in English Literature & Writing emphasizes interpretation, with knowledge of literary, historical and social contexts to guide the understanding of meaning.

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

  • Study literary history and major literary movements
  • Explore critical questions about American, British and world literature 
  • Investigate representations of identity, race, gender, nation, sexuality and class in literature
  • Have the opportunity to learn about teaching as a potential profession and gain tutoring experience in the university's writing center

What to expect

Literature classes are taught by accomplished teachers and published scholars. We 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:

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 54
General electives 66
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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