A Multi-Disciplinary Approach
"...the literature classes I enrolled in were nothing short of mental sanctuaries which assisted in keeping me level and focused from day one."
The literature area at Stevens provides students with the opportunity to study great books of world literature in their entirety to understand what and how these texts signify. Because Stevens is located 10 minutes from New York City, a number of our courses involve literary and cultural events in the city.
The area's ongoing project with the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (Greece: Ancient Literary Legacy—Modern 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.
Literature faculty members publish widely on a variety of topics. Their areas of specialization include medieval literature, Shakespeare, Nineteenth Century poetry and prose, theater of the Romantic Period, women composers, post-World War II American literature, and rhetoric and composition.