Literary Studies

Literary Studies is an interdisciplinary major of the College of Arts and Sciences, administered by the Department of English and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

Students wishing for excellent preparation for the many occupations in which the ability to use language effectively is absolutely essential may be interested in the following major, which is not basically career-oriented.

The primary aims of the major in literary studies are to extend to highly motivated students the opportunity:

  • To deepen their mastery of two languages. 
  • To provide them with double evidence that literature, as the highest form of language art, is based on the skillful use of adequately developed languages in the creation of an esthetic world of the human spirit. 
  • To enable them to experience firsthand that much is lost in the translation of a great literary work. 
  • To help them appreciate more deeply that literature transcends national and cultural boundaries.

 

Major in Literary Studies

Prerequisites The curriculum requires students to take a minimum of sixteen upper-division credits in courses examining the literature of a non-English language. Note that upper division courses in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages have prerequisites; students must meet these prerequisites in order to take the curriculum required of Literary Studies Majors.

Option I

(administered by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages)

  • Twenty credits in courses numbered 300 or higher in the literature of a non-English language, chosen in consultation with the chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages 
  • Plus:Sixteen credits in courses numbered 300 or higher in English literature, chosen in consultation with the chair of the Department of English 
  • Plus: Four credits in European history

Option II

(administered by the Department of English):

  • Twenty credits in courses numbered 300 or higher in English literature, chosen in consultation with the chair of the Department of English 
  • Sixteen credits in courses numbered 300 or higher in the literature of a non-English language, chosen in consultation with the chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages 
  • Plus:Four credits in European history 
  • Recommended:An additional four credits in European history, four credits in aesthetics, and courses in a third language, preferably a classical language if the second language is modern. 
  • Courses such as phonetics, conversation, composition and civilization (if not based on literature) will not count as courses in literature.

 

Contact Information

If you have specific questions or would like further information, please contact:

Department of Modern and Classical Languages
Third Floor O'Shaughnessy Education Center 
2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105 

MCL Department Phone: (651) 962-5150 mcl@stthomas.edu