Literature, B.A.

Program Overview

Are you fascinated by the narratives that surround us every day: those that millions respond to in blockbuster films and novels, those that people have been reading for centuries, and those that move people to action on behalf of the poor and oppressed? Do you relish exploring complex themes and ideas expressed in a masterfully written story? Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Literature will allow you to blend your passion for great stories with desire for meaningful work. You will gain interpretive, analytical, critical thinking, and reading skills as you delve into the world of literature, literary theory, rhetoric, and writing.

With interests as varied as the literature of medieval Europe and contemporary popular culture, PLNU literature professors are active scholars who have published and presented scholarship on topics such as Shakespeare, Milton, Taiwanese cinema, post-colonial theory, Emily Bronte, Mary Wollstonecraft, Bram Stoker, the intersection between feminist thought and Christian theology and practice, Flannery O’Connor, and the graphic novels Watchmen and Marvel’s Civil War. They mentor and work closely with literature majors as they prepare for teaching high school, going on to graduate school, entering ministry, or moving into a variety of business careers.


  • Literature: Provides you with a background in British and American literature as well as a foundation in works read in translation. Upper division coursework allows you to study longer works in-depth and provides introductions to linguistics and literary theory. Qualified students can complete an independent honors project as well.
  • English Education: Prepares you to become a teacher of writing and the written word. It provides an introduction to journalism, creative writing, linguistics, and writing pedagogy to supplement your literary study. Upper division students also have the opportunity to tutor first-year writing students in PLNU's Writers’ Studio. Qualified students can complete an independent honors project as well.
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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

In an increasingly technological world, the strengths of those with a deep understanding of literature endure — our society depends on people who can think critically, read analytically, understand interculturally, research deeply, articulate clearly, and write cogently. In fact, employers highly rank such abilities. Literature majors at PLNU cultivate these strengths in a Christian context that nurtures their interconnected intellectual and spiritual lives and equips them to be reasoned and ethical leaders in a variety of careers.

A Bachelor of Arts in Literature can lead to a variety of careers, including:

  • Authorship
  • Business
  • Editing
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Higher Education
  • Government
  • Internet Publications
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Literary and Cultural Criticism
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Ministry
  • Museum Writing and Curation
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Real Estate
  • Technical Writing
  • Website Writing and Design
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