Within the Literature program you can pursue a B.A. degree in Literary Studies, Creative
Writing, Theatre/English, or K-12 or Secondary Education English Certification. A
minor in Literature is also available.
- Literary Studies
- Creative Writing
- K-12 or Secondary English Education Certification
To view the Course Schedule by term, click here.
See the Catalog of Courses for complete descriptions of course offerings.
For detailed curriculum information, please refer to the Academic Bulletin.
Top Five Reasons to Study Literature at Stockton
- Global Awareness
Because “poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before” (Audre Lorde): literature contains all the disciplines— from science, politics, history, religion and philosophy to psychology, economics, music, art, and film. When you study literature, you study the world.
- Critical Thinking
Because “language is a virus” (Laurie Anderson) and knowledge of it is the cure: Literature majors can become experts in using language to understand and to critique our systems of knowledge and perception.
- Communication Skills
Because inarticulateness is well, like, bad: the critical thinking, written and verbal communication skills Literature majors develop allow them to enter a variety of careers as well as graduate study. In fact, English is the language of international business. As a result, employers, such as Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell, “love hiring English majors.”
- Information Literacy & Research Skills, Teamwork & Collaboration
Because Literature has some of the best professors and we will know your name: Literature offers small classes and a variety of opportunities for on- and off-campus internships and independent study—including creative writing projects, projects in the digital humanities, and opportunities to work with the South Jersey Culture & History Center.
- Adapting to Change
Because you should study what you love. Have a passion for reading and writing? We will help you study what you love and find the careers that will utilize these skills.
Study Abroad and Internships
The Literature program encourages its majors to pursue at least one term of study abroad or one term of internship (e.g., the Washington Internship). Of schools not located in the District of Columbia, Stockton has the largest Washington Internship program of any college or university in the country. The full-semester internship for 12 credits can be a useful tool for gaining career experience and contacts. A sample
of previous placements for majors in Literature includes internships with the United
Press International’s Capitol Hill Investigative Reporter, The National Journal, The Hill Rag, and D.C. Public Defender, as well as congressional and executive offices.
Scholarships, Clubs, and Honor Societies
The program maintains an active chapter of the international honor society Sigma Tau
Delta, as well as the literature club, Idols of the Tribe. The program brings students,
faculty, and alumni together for career workshops, meet-and-greet information gatherings,
graduate school application workshops, and the annual LITT Bash, a large party to
honor outstanding student work and celebrate the completion of the academic year.
The Literature program also sponsors the Visiting Writers Series: public readings
by poets, novelists, and non-fiction authors with local, national, and international
reputations. Past visiting writers include Jeffrey Eugenides, Sharon Olds, Marilyn
Nelson, Marie Howe, Tony Hoagland, Mark Strand, Alicia Ostriker, and Mark Doty. We also publish a student-run journal, Stockpot.