Studying literature creates the ability to make meaningful connections between the seen and unseen through the study of metaphor and figurative language.
This is a small minor that allows students to pursue their passion for reading and writing as they continue their studies in other areas. Many students pair English literature studies with majors in the humanities, social sciences, biblical and theological studies, business and economics, and many of the physical sciences as well. Students also have flexibility to explore literature from Spanish and Latin American cultures.
What skills will I develop?
- Research and literary analysis
- Clear and effective communication
- Effective presentation skills
- How to learn quickly
- Literary study, such as contexts, critical approaches, and methods for interpretation
- A broad understanding of the history and representative works of the British and American literary traditions and those of other cultures
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
Some of our bold, innovative courses contribute to the cosmopolitan distinction of Bethel's literature program:
- Literatures of Faith: Christianity and Islam (on location in the Middle East)
- World Literature (Japanese or Central and South American)
- Literature of the Oppressed
- The Harlem Renaissance
- Travel Writing, taught on location in Japan, Brazil, Cuba, or Australia
- Media and Communication in Developing Countries