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Laura McAdam

Amazing Discussions

“I took a Jane Austen course Spring Term, and it was amazing. I got to read great books that I've always wanted to read and have amazing discussions every class with a great professor and really fun classmates.”

— Laura McAdam '20

Following the Spring 2024 term, the literature major is no longer accepting new students.  

Why Literature at Coe?

The literature major includes all areas of language and literature taught at Coe. Not limited to any particular language or culture, the major explores what literature is, what forms it takes, some of the possible approaches to its study and the various ways that literature relates to other human activities and disciplines. 

You will be required to do work in a foreign language. Because the value of reading a work in its original language, you will be strongly advised to take as many courses in a foreign language as possible. You also may take courses in foreign literature in translation, English and American literature, creative writing and linguistics for credit toward the major.

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A promising future

A degree in literature or English from Coe can be the basis for a variety of careers. Coe English graduates have gone on to become editors, writer/reporters, public relations officers, attorneys, ministers, fundraisers, magazine editors, publications specialists, technical writers for industry, teachers, foreign service officers, small business owners, FBI officers, administrators, librarians and even physicians.

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