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Literature can be both an art form and a discipline where society is explored and reflected by the imagination. As a literature major at Linfield, you will develop your reading, writing and critical thinking abilities. From your first days on campus, you will join peers and professors in continuing conversations about language and meaning.

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As a literature major at Linfield

you might take:

Identity and Community

Learn to read, write and think about identity and community across literary genres. (ENGL 250)

Secret Lives in Victorian Literature

Explore the hidden stories in detective fiction and sensation novels while thinking about gender, science and imperialism in Victorian England. (ENGL 344)

The Literary Biology of the Sea of Cortez

Sea kayak, swim with whale sharks and listen to the songs of vaqueros as you follow the literary journey of John Steinbeck in the Sea of Cortez. (ENGL 298)

Studying literature at Linfield

Learning outcomes

  • A clearer understanding of the ways literature at once articulates and reflects social, political, cultural and global contexts.

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  • Deeper aesthetic appreciation of poems, drama, fiction, nonfiction and/or films as manifestations of imagination.

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  • Familiarity with the methods, theories and issues of literary criticism.

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  • The ability to advocate critical responses in classroom discussion and to listen to and consider the critical analyses of others.

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  • The ability to analyze narrative and literary motifs and to present those understandings in critical papers.

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Intern in all areas of English

Internships provide invaluable hands-on experience and further develop your professional skills. Some companies where English majors at Linfield have found internship placements include:

  • Vision Words & Wonder
  • Unidos Bridging Community
  • Empowerteen

Life After Linfield

You will leave prepared for a career in areas such as:

Administrative Services

  • Director of Operations
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Board Member
  • Copywriter


  • Principal
  • Teacher
  • Tutor

Estimate wage: $76.7k

Estimate of what Linfield literature alumni could be making based on their current ages, occupations and geographic locations.

Potential wage: $95.5k

The potential wage is based on the average wage for the occupations.

Top career paths

The top five education-to-career paths of Linfield literature alumni include:

  • Director of Operations
  • Copywriter
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Teacher
  • Communications Coordinator


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Joe Wilkins
Department Chair, Professor and Director of Creative Writing
T.J. Day Hall