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Literary Studies

The literary studies major at Anderson University focuses on the study of literature. Students explore this discipline broadly and must take upper-division courses in British literature, American literature, and at least one other genre. The program is flexible enough to allow you to choose coursework about which you are passionate and to combine it with a complementary major or minor as you prepare to achieve your career goals in the field.

Program Overview

Literary Studies

Literary studies majors immerse themselves in literature from a variety of genres and nurture their own creativity through writing classes, participation in the university’s literary magazine, and writing conferences.

Our students have the opportunity to pursue advanced training in expository, argumentative, nonfiction, and creative writing, and can also participate in a variety of literary publications and contests through the department, intended to bolster students’ hands-on experiences, networking, and professional growth.



  • Editing
  • Technical Writing
  • Advertising Copywriting
  • Speechwriting
  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Marketing
  • Communication

Literary studies, writing, and language arts teaching majors at Anderson University develop an advanced skill set that is highly sought after and needed within nearly every profession. Our graduates have gone on to work in publishing, professional writing and editing, creative writing, social media management, teaching, print and web marketing, grant writing and research, internal business communication, public speaking, speech writing, and more.



Among the classes in the 35-hour major are:

  • Global Literature
  • Special Topics in Literature
  • British Literature of the 19th Century
  • American Poetry


  • Graduate with a BA in Literary Studies in three years.
  • Graduate with a BA in Literary Studies in four years.
  • Graduate with a minor in Literary Studies with 15 credit hours.
  • Complete the 3+1 program, from BA to MBA.

3+1 Program

Graduate with a BA in English and a MBA with the 3+1 program. You’ll spend four years total at AU and earn two degrees while you’re here.


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