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Human Behaviors, Cultures, Languages, and Literatures

English: Literature

Bachelor of Arts


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus

Read and Think Critically

The English: Literature major is ideal for those who love to read and write. In lively conversations, students analyze and discuss the forms of artistic expression that matter most to them: stories and poems, fiction and nonfiction, novels and material culture, plays and films. Courses cover everything from graphic novels to popular and YA fiction.

Contact Info

Patrick Murphy

Co-Director of English: Literature

Department of English

356 Bachelor Hall

301 S. Patterson Ave., Oxford, OH 45056


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Curriculum and Courses

This 36-credit hour major boasts a flexible curriculum, making it easy to major or double major. Choose from courses in fiction, poetry, drama, and film that span cultural traditions, authors, and periods, from the classic to the cutting-edge, including many small, seminar-style special topics courses. Nationally recognized faculty who provide individualized feedback on your writing and creative work. Professors James Bromley and Michele Navakas just received fellowships from Folger Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities, respectively. Some course choices might include:

  • ENG 298 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies
  • ENG 263 Literature and Medicine
  • ENG 264 Literature and Environment
  • ENG 351 Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Asian/America
  • ENG 432 Feminism and the Diaspora: US Women of Color

At Miami, there is something for everyone.

Course Catalog


Ellen Stenstrom
  • It's been helpful that in the majority of my English classes, we have active discussions based on reading a text, and I think that aspect is most similar to real life: synthesizing what you know, learning about the world, and bringing it together with other people. You learn how to be open-minded to their ideas and how to think and articulate on the fly.

    Ellen Stenstrom '19
    MA/PhD student and Associate Instructor in English at Indiana University, Bloomington

Career Options

Employers want graduates who communicate effectively, possess critical thinking and analytical skills, and think creatively about projects. Literature majors are therefore poised to excel in a changing job market. Literature majors graduate and secure jobs in a wide range of professional fields, including law, marketing, management, publishing, medicine, journalism, teaching, and library science. English Literature majors also prosper in nonprofits, tech companies, and start-ups.

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data

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