Literary Arts and Studies (LAS)

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Shaping the next generation of innovative thinkers and communicators

The Literary Arts & Studies program was uniquely designed with your career in mind. Built upon an analysis of large-scale polls of employers, this program focuses on the five skills considered most important for success in the job market: critical thinking, creative thinking, written communication, oral communication, and the ability to collaborate as part of a team.

With courses in areas from new media journalism to graphic novels, from legal writing to crime fiction, this regionally distinctive program offers a digital-age curriculum that is innovative, entrepreneurial, and cross-disciplinary. You’ll develop career-driven, transferable skills in one of these specialized bachelor's degree options:

  • Digital Language Arts: Build high-level skills in critical and creative thinking through the creation and development of digital-age projects in environments from print to virtual reality.
  • Literary Studies: Explore poetics, literary theory, and literary analysis in print and digital literature.
  • Professional and Technical Communications: Learn to excel in any professional environment by studying how to communicate and collaborate in specializations like new media journalism, business writing, legal writing, and creative nonfiction.

In any degree option, you’ll have the opportunity to be part of one of two on-campus publications: The Manchester Independent, a digital newspaper covering the Greater Manchester area, and Best American Experimental Writing, an annual, nationally distributed anthology of innovative literary art. 

The Literary Arts & Studies program culminates with real-world experience through upper-level seminars, capstones, and internships that are tailored to your own career ambitions—and focused on the applied skills that employers particularly value.