Study the power of words

Studying literature gives you the analytical tools and writing skills employers in any industry covet.

An English-Literature degree from Susquehanna prepares you to make a difference and work for nonprofits, government entities or international relations.

Our graduates work for literary agencies, as social media gurus and for Fortune 500 companies. Some do advanced research in education, library and information science or public advocacy. Double majors with a literature background stand out on medical and law school applications.

We encourage teaching assistantships for insight into curriculum development and classroom management. Combined with an education degree, you'll be ready to step right into the classroom and teach.

Two for one equals greater opportunities

Adding a literature major to our publishing and editing major is smart. It gives you a breadth of skills to analyze and create—to choose any path you desire.

We offer one of the only publishing and editing majors in the country. You'll have ample opportunities to publish your own work and contribute to eight department-focused student publications.

Our interdisciplinary minors, like women's studies and public policy, help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

Engage and express

From studying forms of writing to analyzing Shakespeare, every class you take builds toward a senior capstone project-modeled on grad school programs-that challenges you to think more deeply about your past four years.

Creative outlets on campus for literature majors include the Literature Club, The Squirrel satire magazine or the Comic Book Club.

Words matter. Here, you'll harness the power of language, while learning to express yourself with style and grace.

A Susquehanna education provides students with flexibility in coursework so they can conduct research, intern and study abroad. When it comes to your major, you’ll begin taking classes in your chosen program of study in your first year.  

Here are some of the courses that literature majors take in their first few semesters at Susquehanna. 

  • Literary Themes 
  • Studies in Comparative Literatures of the Americas, 
  • Forms of Writing 
  • Aesthetics and Interpretation  

Download the current course catalog on this page to see the full list of classes and course descriptions for Susquehanna’s majors.  

Recent graduates have enrolled in programs at:

Rutgers University
Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law
Towson University
Lehigh University
Kutztown University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
West Chester University
Catholic University
Kent State University

Laurence D. Roth, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Professor of English

Email Address roth@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4202

Bradley Carpenter

Department: English & Creative Writing
Adjunct Faculty in English and Creative Writing

carpenterb@susqu.edu

Drew Hubbell, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English

Email Address hubbell@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4203

Randy Robertson, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

robertson@susqu.edu
570-372-4630

Rachana Sachdev, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English

Email Address rsachdev@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4200

Betsy Verhoeven, Ph.D.

Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

verhoeven@susqu.edu
570-372-4192

Heather Lang, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Assistant Professor of English

Email Address langh@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4658

Mary Bogdan

Department: English & Creative Writing
Adjunct Faculty in English and Creative Writing

bogdanm@susqu.edu
570-372-4621

Brenda Hoffman

Department: English & Creative Writing
Adjunct Faculty in English and Creative Writing

Email Address hoffmanb@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4656

Ryan Rickrode

Department: English & Creative Writing
Adjunct Faculty in English and Creative Writing

rickrode@susqu.edu
570-372-4744

Louie Land

Department: English & Creative Writing
Adjunct Faculty in English and Creative Writing

Email Address land@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4627

Harvey Edwards

Department: English & Creative Writing
Teacher-In-Residence

edwardsh@susqu.edu
570-372-4655

Crystal VanHorn

Department: Provost
Academic Assistant

Email Address vanhorn@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4196

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Student-run publications

Red, Inc.

Susquehanna's Blog of Book Reviews, Literary Criticism, and the Like.

Modern Language Studies

The scholarly journal of the Northeast Modern Language Association is edited and produced in its entirety here.

Transformations

Scholarly student work from across the university comes together in one dazzling place.

Flagship

A magazine of travel writing that publishes stories from students' cross-cultural experiences.

The Squirrel

Susquehanna's student-run satirical news source

Sanctuary

An online genre/speculative literatures magazine focusing on the odd, experimental, unusual and weird.

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Department of English & Creative Writing

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Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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570-372-4196
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