Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is English:Literature?

The Literature Major is ideal for students who love to read and write. In lively conversations with fellow students and dedicated professors, you will analyze and discuss the forms of artistic expression that matter most to you: stories and poems, fiction and nonfiction, novels and material culture, plays and films. We offer courses on everything from graphic novels to popular and YA fiction. Our classes will challenge and amaze you, even as you become a better writer and thinker.

Recent data show that employers want graduates who communicate effectively, possess critical thinking and analytical skills, and think creatively about projects. An English Literature major makes you flexible: over a lifetime, the average American holds 10 different jobs and 3 careers.

Literature majors are therefore poised to excel in a changing job market. As the recent article "Silicon Valley needs to get schooled" states, if companies "want to create the next iPhone or Uber" their employees should "start reading great literature." Our Literature majors graduate and secure jobs in a wide range of professional fields, including law, marketing, management, publishing, medicine, journalism, teaching, and library science. English Literature majors also prosper in nonprofits, tech companies, and start-ups.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

  • 36-credit hour major with flexible curriculum, making it easy to major or double major
  • Excellent preparation for diverse careers in an ever-changing job market
  • Nationally recognized faculty who provide individualized feedback on your writing and creative work
  • Exciting and engaging courses in fiction, poetry, drama, and film that span cultural traditions, authors, and periods, from the classic to the cutting-edge, including many small, seminar-style special topics courses
    We think you should love what you read—and read what you love!
  • Connections with Pre-Law and Education programs
  • Beyond Bachelor Hall, Gutsche, and Lit Unplugged speaker series on post-graduation careers

Opportunities for Majors

  • Study abroad in the Literary London Program and Paris Cultural Capital
  • Publish your work in Inklings or Happy Captive Magazine (Miami's student literary and art magazines), or Segue (the online literary journal of Miami University-Middletown)
  • Attend lectures and readings by prominent and emerging researchers, scholars, and writers
  • Participate in special Miami University Humanities Center seminars
  • Conduct independent research with the supervision of Literature faculty
  • Develop a senior Literature Honors project on a topic that interests you (and prepares you for graduate study)
  • Participate in internship opportunities in Literary London program and in film production; Literature apprenticeships are offered in publicity.
  • Complete graduate coursework and graduate with an MA in Literature, as part of the BA/MA Program in Literature

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

Students typically start by taking one or two introductory surveys at the 200-level while taking care of Miami Plan requirements. Students then take our gateway writing course (Eng 298) and begin to take more advanced courses at the 200 and 300 levels. Juniors and seniors take a mix of 300- and 400-level seminars and often work one-on-one with faculty on individualized research projects. The distribution requirements for the major are flexible enough for students to follow their own interests.

What can I do with this major?

Miami Literature majors find that the coursework and academic rigor of a BA in Literature prepares them for a number of career paths. Some students go on to pursue graduate degrees in the humanities, while others enter professional schools in fields like law, medicine, library science, and business. A number of recent literature graduates have placed into top ten law schools. Many graduates join the workforce right away and go into fields like professional editing and writing, marketing, consulting, sales, teaching, and management. See Internship and Job Resources for Arts, Communication, Media and Design (Career Center).

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of English
Patrick Murphy, Co-Director of Literature
Michele Navakas, Co-Director of Literature
317 Bachelor Hall
Oxford, OH 45056