Literature at Stevens

The Literature program at Stevens provides students the opportunity to study literature through the lens of science and technology. With this unique perspective, core texts are studied in order to understand what and how literature signifies. Because Stevens is located 10 minutes from New York City, a number of Literature courses involve literary and cultural events in the city.

The department's ongoing project with the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (Greece: Ancient Literary LegacyModern Entrepreneurial Technology) takes students to symposia, exhibits, and lectures in Manhattan, and brings eminent scholars to campus. The project integrates the study of literature with Stevens' focus on technology, invention, and entrepreneurship. 

Similarly, the page-to-stage initiative takes students to Broadway and off-Broadway plays, operas at the Metropolitan, and concerts at Carnegie Hall. Bringing the experience back, the Literature department has produced V-DAY at Stevens for 15 years.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

Our degree options include:

  • Single Degree: In the single degree program, students earn a B.A. in Literature. This program requires a secondary concentration, ensuring that students coming to Stevens for a B.A. can take advantage of our programs in such fields as History of Science, Computer Science, Environmental Engineering, and Business and Technology.
  • Double Degree:  In the double degree program, students earn a B.A. in Literature while also obtaining another B.A., B.S., or B.E. degree. 
  • Minor in Literature:  All undergraduate students at Stevens can obtain a minor in Literature. 

DEGREE OUTCOMES

"While the education I received at Stevens has brought me many career opportunities, it was the literature program that provided memorable experiences and sparked my creativity.  Researching the origin of King Arthur, watching Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in Central Park on a night in midsummer, after we had discussed the play in class, will be with me always."

Lillian C. (B.A., B.E.)
Senior Market Analyst at PSEG

"The interviewer did not ask me a single question about my MCAT scores, my grades, activities, or the research I did for the Technogenesis program.  The only classes he wanted to talk about were the literature classes that I had taken for my minor.  We discussed Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience.  He thought that it was wonderful that I had taken so many literature classes."

Rachel H., MD - (B.E., literature minor)
A description of her medical school interview

FACULTY

Literature faculty members publish widely on a variety of topics. Their areas of specialization include medieval literature, Shakespeare, Nineteenth Century poetry and prose, theatre of the Romantic Period, women composers, post-World War II American literature, and rhetoric and composition.

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