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Literature Program

A strong Department of English is central to a liberal arts education because it helps students to become incisive in their critical thinking, effective as communicators, aware of cultural diversity, and skillful as interpreters of the written and spoken word in all areas of life.

We are committed to academic excellence, innovative instruction, and collaborative service to the community. Literature is the story of us. What better way to engage with those big things in the world around you than to know how those different from you see the same things.

Studying literature provides excellent preparation for professional employment in any area where the close examination of written texts and the ability to communicate well are important. The Department takes pride in working with students to connect their immediate studies with their long-term goals.

Our Mission

The Undergraduate English Program at Georgia Southern University offers the undergraduate degrees of a major and minor in English. The program’s faculty is dedicated to excellence in teaching and the development of a fertile learning environment exemplified by a free exchange of ideas, high academic expectations, and individual responsibility for academic achievement. Our faculty creates learning experiences of the highest quality, informed by our individual scholarly practice, research, and creative activities. We offer a student-centered environment enhanced by technology and transcultural experiences. We seek to instill the core values of integrity, civility, kindness, collaboration, and a commitment to lifelong learning, wellness, and social responsibility. We prepare our students to achieve academic excellence, develop their analytic skills, enhance their creativity, and embrace their responsibilities as citizens of their communities, their nations, and the world.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize and analyze literary elements in a text.
  2. Situate and interpret texts in their historical, cultural, and literary contexts.
  3. Create well-developed and organized essays with clear and precise prose, presenting sustained arguments.