Literature, minor

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 the complex themes and ideas expressed in a masterfully written story? Pursuing a minor in literature will allow you to blend your passion for great stories with desire for meaningful work.

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.

Dr. Karl Martin

God’s Grace and the Gift of the Literary Arts

Dr. Karl Martin on the power of literature and his Christian faith.

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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 minors 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 minor in literature can play a supporting role in careers and industries such as:

  • 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

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Rick Jenkins

Rick Jenkins is a strong advocate for the preservation of the natural world, not only for the enjoyment and recreation of visitors, but, more importantly, for the protection of the sacredness of natural spaces that have the ability to speak to and move the soul. Read more