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Discover Classic and Modern Literature

Fuel your love of language by studying the greats.

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Resources at your Fingertips

At SRU, we put the tools for success in our students' hands.

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Love Lit? This is the Program for You.

Take your passion for literature to the next level.

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English: Language and Literature

Offered by: Languages, Literatures, Cultures, and Writing

If you love to read, analyze, discuss, and learn about literature, you'll be an excellent fit for the SRU Language and Literature program. Through this program, you'll experience British, American, and World literature and become familiar with a wide variety of authors, historical periods, cultures, and genres. You'll also learn how to research and analyze famous works of literature, and gain a better understanding of the writing process.

Why Choose Language and Literature?

Best Value - English Language and LiteratureTurn your love of reading and writing into critical thinking and communication skills applicable in the academic and professional worlds. Through our Language and Literature program, you'll learn about literary forms and traditions and understand linguistic principles and language usage. As you experience a range of diverse authors and perspectives, your capacity for understanding of the world around you will expand. You will develop a deeper appreciation for the beauty and power of words.

What Will You Learn?

In the Language and Literature program, you'll dig your academic coursework will prime you to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of writing and rhetoric
  • Research and analyze famous works of literature
  • Discover diverse works from various authors, time periods, and genres
  • Develop a working familiarity with British, American, and World literature
  • Delve into the history and usage of linguistics, grammar, and syntax
  • Apply literary and cultural theory to various texts.

Careers In Language and Literature

The strong reading, writing, critical thinking, and communication skills you'll develop through the Language and Literature program at SRU are valued in almost any profession. Our students go on to pursue careers in fields such as:

  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Library studies
  • Technical writing
  • Public relations
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Government and law
  • Business
  • Higher education
  • Teaching

Clubs & Organizations

  • SLAB Literary Magazine
  • Sigma Tau Delta

Alumni Spotlight

Sarah Poeppel recently earned an M.A. in Literature from Binghamton University in New York. While there, she held a graduate assistantship in the Graduate School of Education under the America Reads / America Counts program. As an assistant, she tutored students who struggle with reading. Sarah is a former Slippery Rock English Department intern, and co-managing editor for the national literary magazine, SLAB. While in English at SRU, Sarah studied both literature and writing.