As part of the Literature program, Stockton students can choose from concentrations in Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Theatre-English, or pursue a simultaneous study of literature while earning K-12 or Secondary English Education certifications.
The program prepares students for an array of intellectual and professional pursuits, ranging from graduate scholarship to careers in writing, archival and library science, editing, publishing, teaching, and beyond. Literature students can also apply to take part in a new a dual-degree program in Literature and American Studies, allowing them to graduate with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years’ time.
Literature engages students in the practice of reading and writing as a means of learning from the past and looking toward the future, training them to ask questions about the nature of the world around them. Students develop strong foundational communication, research, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to become effective citizens and thinkers across a variety of careers and fields of study. In our increasingly global society where so much of our culture and commerce depends on online, text-based interaction, clear writers and creative thinkers have never been more in-demand.
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.
The Irregular Littonian--Literature Program Newsletter
Emily August, Assistant Professor of British Literature
Adalaine B. Holton, Associate Professor of Literature
Lisa Honaker, Dean, School of Arts and Humanities; Professor of British Literature
Marion Hussong, Professor of Literature, Carol Rittner Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Cynthia Arrieu-King, Associate Professor of Creative Writing
Thomas Kinsella, Professor of Literature, Director of the South Jersey Culture and History Center
Visiting Writers Series and Literature Program Events
Raquel 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. Murphy
Thursday, February 21, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Murphy will read from several recently published books of poetry and nonfiction.
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.
Tuesday, April 9, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday, April 18, 4:30pm-7:00pm
L-Wing Art Gallery
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).
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.