Literature and History

Literature and History majors develop an appreciation of pivotal moments in history and their impact on cultures worldwide. This interdisciplinary program showcases the dynamic relationship between these two vitally important fields of study. Students perform research in the humanities while learning how to shape their own research projects, culminating in senior theses. Both the core and elective courses prepare students for fields requiring analytic thought and effective communication, including education, media, history, law, journalism, and public policy.

“Literature and History, two complementary fields of study, span the breadth and probe the depth of the human experience from the beginning of civilization to our own time. In tandem, Literature and History allow students to make sense of the world and the human experience, establish a sense of connection to their ancestors and contemporaries, and develop a capacity for perspective, empathy, and understanding. The major curriculum helps students develop the skills of analysis, research, oral and written expression, and cultural literacy. These transferable skills will serve students well regardless of their chosen career, as well as arm them with the tools to pursue graduate degrees in Literature, History, and related fields.”

Dr. Kathleen Ryan & Dr. Nicholas Ganson

Co-Directors, Literature and History Program