With a literature concentration, you will learn to appreciate and understand the conventions of fiction, poetry, drama, and the essay. Fundamental questions will be raised about the nature of literature: What is it? Why read it? How is life transformed into imaginative works and how do they transform our lives? Literature courses focus on close reading and analysis to develop your critical skills and to enrich your emotional and intellectual experience of literary texts.
About the Concentration
The Literature concentration focuses on reading and analyzing a variety of English-language literatures from around the world, both historic and contemporary. Students gain important skills in research, critical thinking, and written and oral expression. Through spirited discussion and debate of complex issues such as race, power, and identity, students study the ways in which historical and cultural contexts impact literary traditions, genres, and modes of expression.
Undergraduate research, performed under the mentorship of expert faculty, is a central component of The OWU Connection.
We emphasize intellectual curiosity, creativity, initiative, and synthesis. OWU provides opportunities, including traveling abroad, for you to explore an existing problem or develop a totally new avenue of exploration. You can work with a faculty mentor and apply for grant funding—and present your research at the Student Symposium in the spring.
In addition to learning from publishing writers, students studying creative writing have ample opportunity to attend readings, lectures, and engage in lively discussions in intimate classroom settings with some of the world's leading writers. Recent guests include New York Times bestselling authors, National Book Award winners, Guggenheim Foundation recipients, National Endowment for the Arts recipients, and MacArthur Genius Grant recipients, including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leslie Jamison, Alissa Nutting, Donovan Hohn, Maggie Smith, Traci Brimhall, Kerry Howley, Jennifer Percy, Damien Ober, John D'Agata, Adrian Matejka, and Poet Laureate of the U.K. Carol Ann Duffy.
From your first year on campus, you can get off campus—with Travel-Learning Courses. Journey to a distant land and immerse yourself in another culture. Learn how classroom theory truly connects with real-world experience.
Take Part In A Writing Residency
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OWU faculty are outstanding scholars and researchers—and passionate teachers. They will push you, challenge you, inspire you, and work with you on your own research and creative projects.
They can even pack a 3-minute lecture with ideas, insight, and imagination. Check out our unique I³ lectures.
English Student Board
OWU’s student-run literary journals, The OWL and its online version, Night OWL, publish work by students, alums, and other writers. The magazine accepts submissions for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, academic writing, plays for both stage and screen, and fine art. Students who serve as OWL editors earn one unit of course credit.
New York Arts Program
Students can spend a semester living and working in New York City with OWU’s renowned New York Arts Program. Shannon Dean ’14 had an editorial internship at a fantasy and science fiction publishing house called DAW Books, and Kathleen Dalton ’13 interned with Dance Magazine.
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