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Academics

Literary Studies

The Literary Studies major immerses you in great reads, compelling questions, and transformative writing experiences. Through it, you come to know iconic writers, groundbreaking texts, and the intellectual buzz of interpretive thinking. 

As a Literary Studies major, you will explore the dynamic interplay between literature and culture, identity, psychology, history, politics, and other forces. Investigate how texts make meaning, create worlds, and generate characters. Develop your own writerly voice and style. Pursue your own passions. And produce a self-designed senior project. Holistically, the Literary Studies major will enable you to:

  • Read closely, critically, and innovatively
  • Write clearly, eloquently, and insightfully
  • Know a rich range of literary terms, forms, genres, periods, histories, theories, and writers
  • Study literature in different historical, cultural, biographical, formal, and theoretical contexts
  • See writing and literature as something that can enrich, complicate, and transform the human experience
  • Produce orginal reading and writing projects

Learn More in the Catalog

Learn more about this major in the catalog. If you are an existing student, be sure to look at the year that you entered Otterbein. 

/ Department of English

Shannon Lakanen
Department Chair
Towers Hall 228

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e / slakanen@otterbein.edu 

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