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The Literature and History program produces critical thinkers with well-developed reading skills, and perfects essential communication skills. More importantly, it illuminates human nature on a personal and grand scale.
Each course in the literature program allows students to absorb different points of view. To read literature is to read about the thoughts, emotions, concerns, and beliefs of other human beings. Every author has a unique perspective on life that engages us, challenges us, validates us, and enhances our awareness of how to live in the world. The appreciation of history and its effects around the world is valuable for any person working in an era of globalization.
Graduates pursue a wide variety of different careers and graduate programs. A degree in Literature and History leads to post-graduate study in such fields as media, law, business, banking, consulting, medicine, government, public policy, the arts, and academia.
“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.”