The Literature major at Loras College is rich in depth and rigor. Students are introduced to the major in Literary Studies and sharpen their analytical skills in Literary Criticism. Seniors complete a Literature Capstone project mentored by two of the Literature faculty. In addition, the Literature major (34 credits) includes course selections in:
• pre-1800 British Literature
• post-1800 British Literature
• American Literature
• World Literature
• Major Figures
Literature classrooms promote active discussion and debate, the ability to focus an argument on text-based evidence, and cultural awareness. Some Literature courses take students out into the community, such as teaching Shakespeare to after-school kids at a community center, working with local artists to develop a philosophy of art as activism, or partnering with the Historical Society in the area of Victorian Studies. January-Term
courses provide additional, special opportunities for community engagement.
Literature faculty are active scholars in the fields of subjects such as Irish literature, eco-feminism, Native American literature (pictured right), Canadian literature, classroom pedagogy, and more.