Why Study Literature at New College?
Few disciplines better symbolize the rich tradition of the liberal arts than the study of literature, and our Literature AOC at New College is no exception. Offering both the breadth and depth you would expect from one of the nation's top-ranked liberal arts colleges as well as the level of individualized attention and mentorship that are hallmarks of New College, our program prepares students with the analytic, critical thinking and communications skills required in almost any career.
As a Literature student, you can pursue courses and tutorials that focus on a wide variety of topics. For example, some of our Literature students want to dig deeply into Latin American novels or French fin-de-siècle fiction. Still others want to explore Chinese poetry, American experimental poetics, German bourgeois dramas or philosophical Russian novels. Whatever your interest, you will work side by side with faculty members who teach across the spectrum of our language and literature programs. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore a broad range of approaches, applying your analytic skills to everything from performance, film, visual media, printed literature and more.
Students in our Literature AOC typically work in at least three national traditions and write a senior thesis that examines larger themes or issues from at least two cultural traditions comparatively or through a shared critical lens. Because there is no substitute for reading work in the original language, students are expected to meet at least a minimum language requirement even if their thesis focuses on literature in translation.
It is important to note that this concentration is designed for students wishing to study literature but not to specialize in the literature of a single national or linguistic tradition. As such, the requirements and procedures for AOCs in Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish and Classics are distinct from those of our Literature AOC.