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Pursue a Degree in Literature

Are you excited by big ideas and curious about the world around you? Do you want to find a meaningful career path instead of just a job? Majoring in English Literature allows you to think deeply about the way literature shapes and reshapes our understanding of the world while also gaining highly sought-after professional skills that will prepare you for a meaningful career in a limitless variety of fields. When you pursue a BA, BS, or MA degree in Literature at MSU, you get to think deeply about art and culture and go on to have a fulfilling career.

What can you do with a Literature degree? Anything you want.

Pursing a degree in Literature prepares you for a meaningful career path rather than just a job. As a Literature major, you develop the advanced reading, writing, and researching skills that are needed in virtually every desirable job today. Literature majors develop the skills of critical thinking, argumentation and persuasion, empathy, creativity, and the ability to synthesize big ideas and understand how systems are linked.

As the National Association of Colleges and Employers notes, “what sets two equally qualified job candidates apart can be as simple as who has the better communication skills.” The advanced reading, writing, and oral communication skills you develop as a Literature major prepare you for a wide variety of careers. Is it any wonder that, as the Harvard Business Review has reported in multiple articles, major employers like Google are increasingly looking to hire Literature majors to encourage innovation and creativity within their companies?

A degree in Literature prepares you for graduate or professional study and a lifelong career in fields including law, medicine, library and archival sciences, education, non-profit and governmental work, public relations, publishing, and any other field that requires strong writing, research, and analytical skills—which is virtually every career field in the modern world.

You are only limited by your imagination.

Degree Options

The Department of English offers multiple pathways for achieving a degree in Literature. Most students pursue a four-year plan with either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science distinction. Both plans are 36 hours.

The BA is the traditional degree, recommended for students who plan to go on to graduate school. The BA includes foreign language study and coursework in philosophy, history, and the fine arts.

The BS is a more flexible option that provides a streamlined pathway to an English degree for transfer students and double majors. The BS does not include foreign language study. It is not recommended for students who plan to go on to graduate school.

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