How would you like to study the fiction and film of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings? Or do you want to learn more about Knights, Knaves, and Nuns in Late Medieval English Literature? Maybe delve into Jane Austen in Context? What about the Literature of Africa? Or British Mystery and Detective Fiction? A survey of Afro-futurism? Travel back to the “Big 80s” via American novels? (These are titles of actual courses you can take!)
When you study literature, you immerse yourself in distant lands and different cultures -- some real, some imagined. Some of these places and cultures may be closer and more familiar: for instance, hometown writer Carson McCullers set her work in Columbus and the surrounding region. Students can quite literally visit her childhood home and even journey to her second home in New York, since both homes are actively preserved by CSU.
Start your journey now! Led by our accomplished faculty, CSU Literature students have the opportunity to take courses focused on literary and multimedia content that spans the decades and the world. No matter where we go in our literary journeys, our students engage with a 21st Century curriculum that educates them to meet the needs of today’s employers. CSU Literature students learn to communicate and write effectively, to empathize with others and their perspectives, and to think both critically and globally.
The Literature track not only offers many opportunities for professionalization but also fosters a sense of belonging--we book nerds have to stick together, after all! Students can participate in the International Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta. They can meet world renowned writers at the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians and the Donald L. Jordan Literary Festival. They can share their creative work in The Arden (our award-winning literary journal) or have their voice heard in The Uproar (our award-winning student newspaper) or see their work celebrated at the annual Carson McCullers Literary Awards.
In addition, Literature faculty are leaders in international education at CSU. Students are encouraged to participate in CSU's International Learning Communities and Study Abroad programs, where many of the courses are taught by English faculty. Recently, students have traveled to Florence, Italy, and Oxford, England (where students live and study at the University's Spencer House). On these literal journeys, they have also continued their literary journeys through studies of Harry Potter, Shakespeare, and writers of the Italian Renaissance.
Come journey with us -- it all begins with a visit! We would love to welcome you to campus, and we invite you to sit in on a class and meet with a faculty member.
Dr. Courtney George
Dr. Shannon Godlove
British & World Literature
Dr. Patrick Jackson
American & British Literature