ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
Why Study Literature at Goucher?
Literary studies’ comprehensive core includes textual analysis, literary theory, and American, British, and international fiction. We also encourage students to tailor the program to their own interests and incorporate classes from other disciplines.
With the benefit of small class sizes, faculty provide individualized instruction and mentoring, with one-on-one advising to help you choose the courses best suited to your ambitions. Additionally, our faculty are active scholars and researchers, with substantial work in their respective disciplines.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
What Will You Learn?
In reading historical, American, and international literature, you will hone your skills in recognizing recurrent themes, tropes, and images. It will teach you how to prioritize (which of these patterns matter and why?) and interpret (if this matters to the text, what can be learned from it?). Unlike other art forms in which your view is from the outside, in literature your eye is the narrative’s "I" and you discover what it is like to see from the perspective of someone else. Learn More
DoWhat Will You Do?
What Will You Do?
Beyond your major, publishing, teaching, law, library science, and other careers draw upon the skills you will gain from critical thinking. Our emphasis on textual analysis is also useful when paired with political or business interests and even medical research; our literary studies Race, Power, and Perspective courses relate to community activism, international development, and humanitarianism; and our specialized work in seeing from other points of view is an asset in any field in which you need to collaborate.
Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Leslie Lewis, Professor of English
Antje Rauwerda, Associate Professor of English: Third Culture Literature (The Literature of Writers Raised Abroad); Postcolonial Literature, Contemporary International Writing in English, British Literature
Angelo Robinson, Associate Professor of English: African American literature, American Literature, American studies, gender and sexuality
Juliette Wells, Professor of English: Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature; the novel; women's writing; Jane Austen
Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
Jeffrey Myers, Associate Professor of English: Shakespeare and the Visual Arts in the Renaissance
Arnold Sanders, Associate Professor of English: Medieval literature, expository writing, literary theory, archives
By studying abroad, choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher students of literary studies gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study.
Visit the Office of Global Education website for more information.
Opportunities & Internships
Students studying literary studies often do internships that involve the application of knowledge and skills in composition, language, and literature, typically in editing, publishing, journalism, radio and television, advertising, and public relations. These students often work for businesses, professional firms, and government agencies. Credit for off-campus experience is available in some cases to students working for the college newspaper.
The variety of internships that have been completed under the supervision of this program is evidence of the flexible and creative applicability of degrees in literary studies. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Education Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.
Students interested in arranging an internship in literary studies should contact
their individual academic advisors.
Preface is a student-run and reviewed literature and art magazine. Its past includes beautiful
and expressive works, name changes, and, at one point, nearly ending completely. With
the work of a few dedicated individuals over the decades, Preface has survived as a medium of student expression for Goucher College.
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