If you are interested in literature and want to explore the full range of possibilities offered in the field, our Literature Area of Concentration (AOC) could be the ideal fit for you. From Shakespeare to Dostoevsky, Homer to Virgil, Goethe to Proust, Austen to Hesse, Wolf to Vargas Llosa and Allende to Yu Hua, our program gives you the opportunity to work across linguistic and national boundaries in your approach to literary study.

Working with faculty from all of our language and literature programs (Classics, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish), you will sharpen your analytic skills through close readings and in-depth discussions of texts and gain a deeper understanding and empathy for people from different backgrounds and literary traditions. By studying the historical and cultural contexts of texts and applying literary theory to them, you will also come to better understand the nature, purpose and history of literature itself, as well as that of literary criticism. Ultimately, all of these will help you gain a fuller, more in-depth appreciation for the artistic uses of language and a more sophisticated ability to express your own ideas, both in written and oral form.

Our Literature AOC is also a good gateway for students interested in studying, working and traveling abroad. Because of the program's cross-cultural emphasis, many students choose to study abroad while at New College while others have gone on to earn Fulbright Scholarships, as well as teaching assistantships through the French Government, JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program and others, following graduation.

Graduates from the program have become teachers at K-12 institutions and faculty members at colleges and universities both in the U.S. and abroad. They have also become lawyers, librarians, journalists, publishers, web developers and entrepreneurs. In short, they have pursued careers in the nearly countless number of fields where their language skills, cultural flexibility, and critical thinking abilities made them valued.

Brilliantly [U]nique. [U]niquely Brilliant.

As part of the State University System of Florida, New College of Florida is one of the few public liberal arts and sciences honors colleges in the United States. We’re known for our record number of Fulbright Scholars (more per capita than Harvard, Stanford or Yale) and for the high rate of our students going on to graduate school. We offer an individualized, thought-provoking and challenging academic experience. What does that mean? Hands-on research conducted side by side with your professors. Small, intimate classes. Detailed narrative evaluations from your professors. Independent study required to graduate. All in a stunning location right on the water in Sarasota, Florida.


According to the Washington Post, New College has more Fulbright Scholars per capita in recent years than Harvard, Stanford or Yale. (2010)

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