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European Literature

General Information

A Major in European Literature gives students unique interdisciplinary and multi-lingual expertise.  Through the great works and new innovations of European Literature the student focuses on language usage and literary analysis.  The course of study is designed by each student and includes literature from two or three areas.  The major assures proficiency in two or three languages as well as excellent writing skills, analytical capabilities and cultural literacy.  Study Abroad is highly recommended for European Literature majors.

Key Benefits of our program:

  • Excellent training in both written and oral communication skills 
  • Gain proficiency in two foreign languages or perfect your existing foreign language skills
  • In depth study of European history, art, culture, and politics through literature with a large variety of faculty who have over seas contacts in many areas
  • Students tailor their own degree according to areas of interest and can complete a large part of the major through study abroad courses.

Career Paths:

  • Journalism as foreign correspondents
  • International business
  • Publishing
  • Creative writing
  • Secondary or higher education

Requirements

Students seeking a B.A. in European Literature take 36 credits in literature courses numbered above 250, selected from two or three of the following areas: French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Russian and Spanish. Courses may be distributed to include 18 credits in each of two different literatures or 12 in each of three literatures. Up to 6 credits in the literature of each area may be taken in translation, but the total of courses in literature in translation may not exceed 12 credits.

View the course catalog for this major.

A Major in European Literature gives students unique interdisciplinary and multi-lingual expertise.  Through the great works and new innovations of European Literature the student focuses on language usage and literary analysis.

Program Director

Kathryn A. Everly

Kathryn A. Everly 
Professor, Spanish Literature and Culture

Program Faculty

Gail A. Bulman

Gail A. Bulman 
Associate Professor, Spanish

Myrna García Calderón

Myrna García Calderón 
Associate Professor, Spanish; Undergraduate Adviser; Director of Latino-Latin American Studies Program
Interdisciplinary

Jeffrey S. Carnes

Jeffrey S. Carnes 
Associate Professor, Classics; Classics Program Coordinator

Ken Frieden

Ken Frieden 
B.G. Rudolph Professor of Judaic Studies & William P. Tolley Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities
Religion

Alejandro García-Reidy

Alejandro García-Reidy 
Assistant Professor, Spanish

Stefano Giannini

Stefano Giannini 
Chair and Associate Professor, Italian; Italian Program Coordinator

Erika Haber

Erika Haber 
Associate Professor, Russian Language, Literature, and Culture; Russian Program Coordinator and Undergraduate Advisor

Jean Jonassaint

Jean Jonassaint 
Professor, French and Francophone Studies; French Program Coordinator

Alicia B. Ríos

Alicia B. Ríos 
Associate Professor, Spanish; Graduate Advisor
Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Matthieu H. van der Meer

Matthieu H. van der Meer 
Assistant Professor, Classics

Karina von Tippelskirch

Karina von Tippelskirch 
Associate Professor of German and German Program Coordinator
Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Amy S. Wyngaard

Amy S. Wyngaard 
Professor, French and Francophone Studies