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Literature at Salisbury University

About the Literature Program

The Literature Program at Salisbury University is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to engage with issues of race, gender and sexuality, ethnicity, identity, and class through written languages. Our program is expansive, covering periods and movements from British medieval literature to the Harlem Renaissance and contemporary fiction, helping understand patterns of literary and cultural influence that continue through time. Courses at SU include experiential learning activities, such as field trips to Harlem, NY; the Harriet Tubman Freedom Trail; and Pemberton Hall. Students in the Literature Program also have study abroad opportunities, which have included past spring break trips to Ghana, Iceland and London. Our graduates pursue a wide range of professions, including journalism, publishing, editing, law, business, education, nonprofit management, lobbying, government and social justice advocacy.

Our students have opportunities to meet published creative writers and well-known critics through the Writers on the Shore public readings series. Students can gain editorial and publishing experience through work on the University’s Scarab literary magazine. SU is also home to Literature/Film Quarterly , the longest standing international journal devoted to the study of adaptation.

Courses of Study

The areas of study for a literature major at SU are endless, including, but not limited to, American literature courses on colonial, transcendentalism, naturalism, Harlem Renaissance, southern, modern and contemporary periods; British literature courses ranging from romantic to medieval, with period and genre courses covering centuries of great works; and ethnic and global literatures, including Native American, Latino/a, African-American, South Asian and African traditions. Our curriculum focuses on the exploration of the human condition manifested in major works of literature from the classics to the contemporary. With our program, students develop research, writing and critical thinking skills and an understanding of the diversity required of the global job market.

Review our program requirements in the catalog:

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Follow this four-year curriculum guide to help you graduate on time:

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English Literature track student

Meet Julia – Literature Track

Julia can’t get enough of the literature track, where there is always more to study, with a diversity of genres, cultures and eras.