The literature major at Antioch College is intended to encourage students to read widely, to think broadly, and to communicate clearly and effectively about literature.
Students who major in literature will be required to take six courses. The first of these is LIT 210, which has been designed as a reading survey of the English literary tradition that is oriented towards majors in this and related fields within the humanities. All literature majors will become conversant with a variety of basic methodologies and strategies for the appreciation and critical analysis of literary texts by encountering them in regular coursework as well as in the LIT 299 course, which will provide students with an overview of current literary theory. Students will also be required to complete a senior project under the guidance of the literature faculty, who will help students to craft and produce a substantial research or creative project within the discipline. In addition, students will be encouraged to work cross-disciplinarily within the humanities through the 210 series, which will provide students with a foundational introduction to the related disciplines of history and philosophy. Students across these disciplines will reconvene in the senior seminar, which is designed to put these students in conversation as they formulate their independent senior projects and practice the art of intellectual collaboration. The major is extremely flexible and is designed to respond to individual students’ interests and needs; in collaboration with their advisors, students who major in literature will assemble the remaining seven courses from electives within the discipline.