B.A. in Literary Studies
The literary studies major immerses you in great reads, compelling questions, and transformative writing experiences. Through it, you come to know iconic writers, groundbreaking texts, and the intellectual buzz of interpretive thinking.
As a Literary Studies major, you will explore the dynamic interplay between literature and culture, identity, psychology, history, politics, and other forces. Investigate how texts make meaning, create worlds, and generate characters. Develop your own writerly voice and style. Pursue your own passions. And produce a self-designed senior project. Holistically, the Literary Studies major will enable you to:
- Read closely, critically, and innovatively
- Write clearly, eloquently, and insightfully
- Know a rich range of literary terms, forms, genres, periods, histories, theories, and writers
- Study literature in different historical, cultural, biographical, formal, and theoretical contexts
- See writing and literature as something that can enrich, complicate, and transform the human experience
- Produce original reading and writing projects
Learn More in the Catalog
Learn more about this major in the catalog. If you are an existing student, be sure to look at the catalog for the year you entered Otterbein.
|Student Learning Outcomes||University Learning Goals (KMERI*)|
|1. Read broadly.||Knowledgeable, Multi-literate|
|2. Read closely and critically.||Multi-literate, Engaged|
|3. Critically engage and apply distinct analytical frameworks to literary texts.||Engaged|
|4. Create dynamic critical and expository writing.||Knowledgeable, Multi-literate|
|5. Effectively research, plan, write, and publicly present a sustained independent
|6. Insightfully evaluate and revise analytical writing.||Responsible|
|8. Thoughtfully engage with and expand social, political, or cultural perspectives.||Engaged, Responsible|
|7. Prepare to enter the job market or graduate school application process.||Multi-literate, Engaged|
*NOTE: KMERI refers to Otterbein's learning goals. It stands for Knowledgeable, Multi-literate, Engaged, Responsible, and Inquisitive. To learn more about KMERI, visit our University Learning Goals page.