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Literature (BA)


Students in the Literature program are thinkers who defy the boundaries of time to explore entire worlds through the magic of books. With faculty members who are active philosophers and intellectuals in their fields, students are able to delve into the history of ideas and literary texts from altogether different cultures. These Literature majors are empowered to develop their own values and become independent, critical scholars through small workshops and engaging curriculum. As their parenting institution, SVSU nurtures students to harness their true potential and helps them to soar within the realm of academia and beyond!

Cardinal Points

  • Literature majors participate in capstone experiences focused on their major course of study, conducting research and constructing portfolios.

  • Students may participate in valuable internships to gain experience. 

  • Renowned poets and fiction writers are brought to campus to share their work and experiences through the Voices in the Valley. 

SVSU’s Literature program offers a strong foundation in British, American and ethnic literature. In later classes, students have the opportunity to pursue topics in Shakespeare, studies in fiction, and literary studies and theory. Life as a Literature major includes superb in-class instruction and learning essential skills of interpretation by exposing students to new ways of assessing and critiquing literary documents. 

Highlighted Courses

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Year 4

Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

Our Students After Graduation...


Bay County Library System
Covenant Healthcare
42nd Circuit Court, Midland County

Graduate Programs

Central Michigan University
Columbia College Chicago
Oklahoma State University
University of Michigan
University of Oregon
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Career Opportunities

Literary Agent
Human Resources Specialist

  • Writers and authors who have adapted to online and social media, and who are comfortable writing for and working with a variety of electronic and digital tools, should have an advantage in finding work.
  • $62,170 is the annual median pay for a Writers and Authors in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor's degree in literature, students are prepared for careers in writing, teaching, human resources and more!

Cardinal Successes

The stories below offer insight into how our students have turned their SVSU education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.

Victoria Phelps Literature Major

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Lindsey Mead Literature Major

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Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.