The mission of Literature and History is to equip students with a broad understanding of the ways in which literature and the historical aspects of different fields in the humanities intersect. Canonical literary works, supplemented by the philosophical and religious history of world cultures, still comprise the major portion of our mental past. The program is designed to introduce students to the debates about literature and culture that shape our intellectual lives and cultivate humane influence in the process of effecting change. Literature and History is a writing intensive program of study, and as such, its mission is to enhance the skills of critical thinking, articulation, and research.
Acquire an overview of the historical importance of literature.
Demonstrate that the critical study of literature has helped them to think carefully and express themselves well.
Demonstrate preparedness to enter the world with critical acumen as well as compassion born of wide reading, and with the skills needed to carry their convictions into action, no matter what line of work they pursue.
Be prepared for graduate study in a wide variety of fields, including education, law, policy studies, social work, journalism, among many others.
Students majoring in Literature and History will:
Demonstrate analytical skills in reading literature with depth and insight by writing incisive, cogently argued essays.
Demonstrate awareness of the historical context that shapes literary culture in particular times and places.
Demonstrate familiarity with major authors, works, genres, and movements in literary tradition.
Demonstrate knowledge of critical theory and documentation methods.
Students wishing to join the program in Literature and History will demonstrate competency in the general education requirements at Hellenic in English and history: English Composition I and II, World History I and II, and one History elective and one Literature elective.
Literature and History Core Requirements:
Total: 42 credits
Students in other programs at Hellenic College may choose to minor in Literature and History. As per the academic policies of Hellenic College, students may not use courses already taken in fulfillment of General Education requirements towards the minor requirement.
Students with a minor in Literature and History will:
Choose four (4) from the list of electives below:
Total: 15 credits