Literature & Language

Study everything from Shakespeare’s plays to modern masterpieces by Toni Morrison as a Literature and Language program.

Your courses will foster in-demand skills like creativity, curiosity, collaboration, research, writing, and empathy, setting you up for success for the professional world.

Every year, our faculty are engaged in a wide range of scholarly and professional activities. This allows them to bring their expertise and curiosity to mentoring students in their own scholarly and creative projects.

Program at a Glance

The Literature and Language major consists of 40 credits and the minor consists of 21 credits.

You’ll learn about the evolution of English—from its origins to its present status as a global language—and how literature communicates human experience and thought across time and place.

You'll also complete coursework and projects in the history of language and literature, theory and criticism, major writers, genres, and special topics.

The best part: you have the flexibility to choose the classes you want to take to tailor the program to your interests.

Get Involved on Campus

Writing majors and Creative Writing minors enjoy visiting author events, guest talks, and extracurricular experiences like:

You can also write for, edit, or help publish Satori, the English Department’s annual literary journal, or WSU’s campus newspaper, The Winonan.

And for even more experience outside the classroom, you can work as a tutor in the university’s Writing Center.

Get Your Master's Too

Want to graduate with both your bachelor’s and master’s in Literature and Language? We’ve got your back.

Check out our Dual Enrollment Program, which allows you to earn two degrees in just five years and make you even more of an asset in the English field.

Get a Job in Any Field

As a Literature and Language major, you'll have developed strong writing, research, and critical thinking skills, which are all highly valued by employers in nearly every field.

Our graduates have gone on to:

  • attend graduate school in English, creative writing, and library science
  • attend law school
  • become grant and technical writers
  • teach English abroad
  • volunteer for the Peace Corps
  • work as editors and publishers
  • work with non-profit organizations

Apply for This Program

Declare your major or minor in Literature and Language today!

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Email Dr. Ann-Marie Dunbar at for more info.