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Overview

A major, a concentration, and a minor

As a Literary and Cultural Studies/English major at Bryant, you will acquire skills in critical thinking, creativity, and innovation. Prepare for a global, multicultural environment through courses offering diverse perspectives in literature, creative writing, music, philosophy, visual studies, and anthropology.

Poetry, popular music, and performance art are among the cultural products that shape and reflect our humanity. Bryant’s dynamic Literary and Cultural Studies program cultivates aesthetic appreciation, ethical and moral awareness, historical understanding, and critical and interpretive skills. You’ll explore ideas, cultures, and social mores.

Like the major, the concentration and minor in Literary and Cultural Studies foster and sustain a cultural background based upon the mastery of literary and cultural texts.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

The Literary and Cultural Studies program, with its emphasis on global literature, cultures, and creative production, provides the theoretical and practical framework needed to enter a variety of post-graduate programs, including graduate and law schools. You will also be qualified to work in nonprofit and governmental organizations, museums and art galleries, in publishing and as a writer, and in marketing and advertising. An emphasis on strong writing and analytical and critical-thinking skills, combined with a required business minor, means that you will be prepared to enter any number of fields.

Literary and Cultural Studies faculty

Faculty includes prominent scholars, teachers, industry experts and practitioners, and the former poet laureate of Rhode Island. Faculty enhance their expertise through research, publishing, consulting, and community service, and bring this knowledge into the classroom. Faculty also provide personal guidance for students pursuing internships and positions in the many industries that rely on literary and cultural studies/English skills and competencies. 

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Requirements

For a major:

First-Year Gateway Experience
Global Foundations of Character and Leadership (GFCL100)
Global Foundations of Organizations and Business (GFOB100)
Writing Workshop (WRIT106)
Bryant IDEA: Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA101)
Upper-Level Gateway Requirement

Literary and Cultural Studies Major Requirements

Introduction to Cultural Studies (LCS270)

Two (2) Literary and Cultural Studies courses at the 200 level

Three (3) Literary and Cultural Studies courses at the 300 level

Two (2) advanced Literary and Cultural Studies courses at the 400 level

Senior Seminar in Critical Theory (LCS490)

Senior Practicum (LCS491)

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Microeconomic Principles (ECO113)

Macroeconomic Principles (ECO114)

Introduction to Literary Studies (LCS121)

Mathematical Analysis (MATH110)

Statistics I (MATH201)

Two (2) Humanities Survey Courses

Liberal Arts Distributions – Modes of Thought1

Two (2) Social Science Modes of Thought

One (1) Historical Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

One (1) Literary Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

Two (2) Scientific Modes of Thought (Include one Lab Science)

(One science course must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.)

Business Minor Requirement

Selection is made from a variety of business minors (Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Marketing Analytics, and Sales).

Electives  - Subject to programmatic constraints, students may elect to take additional business courses beyond the business minor, not to exceed a combined total of 30 credit hours in the College of Business. 

1Humanities Survey and Modes of Thought requirements can be met by appropriate courses in the major.

A minimum of 122 credit hours are required for graduation.

For an 18-credit concentration: 

Introduction to Cultural Studies (LCS270)

One (1) Literary and Cultural Studies course at the 200 level

Two (2) Literary and Cultural Studies courses at the 300 level

One (1) advanced Literary and Cultural Studies course at the 400 level

Senior Seminar in Critical Theory (LCS490)

For a 12-credit minor: 

Introduction to Cultural Studies (LCS270)

One (1) Literary and Cultural Studies course at the 200 level

One (1) Literary and Cultural Studies course at the 300 level

One (1) advanced Literary and Cultural Studies course at the 400 level

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To learn more, please contact:

Elizabeth Walden, Ph.D. 
Chair and Professor 
Department of English and Cultural Studies 
ewalden@bryant.edu

PERSONALIZED PREPARATION

Tara Calnan ’12
Sr. Client Services Specialist, Propel Marketing

As a Literary and Cultural Studies major, Calnan took courses in philosophy, sexuality, literature, and film and video studies. She also found the freedom to tailor her major to her interests.

“Each course emphasized critical thinking and reading, well-thought-out writing, and a solid understanding of our world and culture,” she says, “skills essential in our personal and professional lives.”

Calnan brings those skills to Propel Marketing in Quincy, MA, where she is responsible for internal and external communication surrounding client advertising products and campaigns.

COLLABORATION IS KEY

Jeff Cabusao, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of English and Cultural Studies

“Collaboration is at the heart of the Bryant University educational experience, learning to work together [...] learning to work with a variety of people […] to work across differences,” says Cabusao, who describes his research interests as Asian American Studies, U.S. Ethnic Studies, and Women’s Studies, among others.

Cabusao, a prolific author, conference participant, and sought-after expert in his field, has earned a number of honors throughout his career.

The National Council of Teachers of English awarded Cabusao with the Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award in 2011; Bryant recognized his work with a Merit Award in 2010; and he earned a Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in 2006 from Kalamazoo (MI) College.

Creating my path

Nicholas Mancuso ’12
Program Coordinator, Development and Alumni Relations, Boston University

"Taking classes with amazing professors - Mary Prescott, Tom Chandler, and Maura Couglin - helped me understand that writing is as much an applied art as sculpture or painting," says Mancuso.

Mancuso has published in Rhode Island Monthly and Rhode Island Small Business Journal.

Today, he is working toward his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Fairfield University. After graduation, he hopes to teach creative writing at the undergraduate level.