Literature Program

  • The Literature Program

    The Literature Program

  • Split This Rock Poetry Festival - April 2018

    Split This Rock Poetry Festival - April 2018

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.

The Literature Program seeks to provide its students with educational experiences that promote skills-based learning as well as the intellectual awareness and maturity that are the hallmarks of a liberal arts education. Stressing analysis and synthesis in reading and writing in all of our classes, our curriculum has four objectives or goals, which support Stockton University’s essential learning outcomes. The program’s emphasis on technological literacy, furthermore, provides training in another key communication skill that is increasingly valuable in today’s job market.

Curriculum Worksheets

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.


Literature student and professor examining a book


Mission Statement

These are challenging days for those who teach literature and for those who study it. The old jusifications don’t seem terribly relevant and the new directions are clouded and unclear.

We used to say that we should study literature because it made us more human, because it taught us about past lives and, if we thought long and hard about our texts, because it could show us how we might live our lives. The 20th century confronted us with individuals who, knowing the best literature and knowing the best art, did such memorable destruction to body and soul that they will never be forgotten or forgiven.

The future seems to promise much — learning with many media, ubiquitous textualities with wonderous content, knowledge stored, archived, and available at the slightest touch, art once only available to the few now everywhere visible — but we suspect there is more technique than content, more knowledge than wisdom.

What, then, are we to believe, what goodness to search for, what connections should we make?

The Literature faculty at Stockton University continue to believe and to exemplify in our classrooms, the proposition that we can have both the past and the future. We sense that what is happening to texts and textualities is deeply important, that something profoundly new and exciting is occurring; but we also sense that living in that future will be a small and petty thing without clear connections to past lives. This is not the first time that humans have confronted incredible change and, at the same time, had their past values threatened and mocked. It will not be the last.

We realize that out of these questions can come profound answers, that out of present doubts can come certainties, that out of profound change can arise profound insights.

Our mission, then, is to continue to insist that those lives so exposed in past writings are essential to a full understanding of our existence. At the same time, we believe that studying literature is a means to prepare us for the future that is sweeping down on us.

Top Five Reasons to Study Literature at Stockton

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.”
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Literature Faculty


Emily August

Emily August, Assistant Professor of British Literature

609-652-4636 | K-137
Nesrine Chahine

Nesrine Chahine, Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature

Deborah Gussman

Deborah Gussman, Professor of American Literature

609-652-4657 | F-131
Adalaine B. Holton

Adalaine B. Holton, Associate Professor of Literature

609-652-4594 (email preferred) | C-115
Lisa Honaker

Lisa Honaker, Dean, School of Arts and Humanities; Professor of British Literature

609-652-4505 | K-150
Marion Hussong

Marion Hussong, Professor of Literature, Carol Rittner Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies

609-652-4554 | G-244b
Kristin Jacobson

Kristin Jacobson, Professor of Literature

609-626-5581 | F-243
Cynthia Arrieu-King

Cynthia Arrieu-King, Associate Professor of Creative Writing

609-626-6089 | J-109
Thomas Kinsella

Thomas Kinsella, Professor of Literature, Director of the South Jersey Culture and History Center

609-652-4419 | H-202h
Nathan Long

Nathan Long, Professor of Creative Writing

609-652-4887 | H-246
Adam Miyashiro

Adam Miyashiro, Assistant Professor of Literature

609-626-6020  |  F-213a
 Sara Nović

 Sara Nović,  Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

Brooke Stanley

Brooke Stanley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature

 609-626-5581 (email preferred) |  F-243


Visiting Writers Series and Literature Program Events

Raquel Salas RiveraRaquel Salas Rivera 
Monday, January 28, 2:10pm-3:25pm
Campus Center Theatre

Rivera, poet laureate of the City of Philadelphia for 2018-2019 will read from their poetry collections.


Peter E. MurphyPeter Murphy
Thursday, February 21, 6:00pm-8:00pm


Murphy will read from several recently published books of poetry and nonfiction.


Bryon MacWilliamsBryon MacWilliams
Wednesday, March 20, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Board of Trustees Room

MacWilliams will read from his account of local resident, Laura Oberlender, who survived the Holocaust by living in a haystack for more than a year. Cosponsored with The Sara & Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center.

Lauren WilkinsonLauren Wilkinson
Tuesday, April 9, 6:00pm-8:00pm




Thursday, April 18, 4:30pm-7:00pm
L-Wing Art Gallery

Tim DeMarco & Thorsten Nagelschmidt

Tuesday, April 23, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Demarco will read excerpts from his English translation of Thorsten Nagelschmidt's novel Was kostet die Welt (For What It's Worth).

Special Opportunities

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 ReporterThe National JournalThe Hill Ragand 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.