Literary and Cultural Studies

Guided by accomplished faculty, students engage with a variety of media, cultures, and methodologies.

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At A Glance

What You'll Learn:

  • How to create and critique cultural artifacts and practices (literature, music, visual arts, philosophy, theater, popular culture)
  • Independent critical thinking, persuasive writing, and empathy with diverse populations
  • The music, literature, art, and cultural practices of your own community as well as others

What You'll Do:

  • Focus on an aspect of cultural analysis that intrigues you 
  • Develop your interpretation of literature and other media forms
  • Sharpen your writing skills as you analyze a variety of texts and practices
  • Develop a portfolio of creative production for your capstone project, including writing, video, performance, and photography

Possible Career Options:

  • Publisher
  • Film Producer
  • Writer
  • Professor
  • Lawyer
  • Museum Curator
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Diversity and Inclusion Manager
  • Teacher 

Program Level: Undergraduate

Offered As: Major, Minor

College/School: College of Arts & Sciences

Our Students

Where Our Students Go

Graduates of Bryant’s Literary and Cultural Studies program go on to prestigious graduate programs and are in demand by business, industry, and nonprofit organizations. 

  • AmeriCorps
  • Bank of America
  • HubSpot
  • Leslie Dill Studio
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Pearson
  • Penguin Random House
  • Target
  • WGBH Boston
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University Teacher’s College
  • MIT
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • University of Connecticut
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Our Faculty Are Teachers And Mentors

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Learn through experience.

At Bryant, we believe in learning by doing. Literary and Cultural Studies students participate in experiential learning opportunities such as student clubs and organizations, internships, practicums, and research collaboration with faculty who represent fields as varied as philosophy, literature, media studies, and visual art. With small class sizes and dedicated faculty mentors across the major, students receive the attention and resources they need to excel. 

Career Education

  • Conduct site visits to community partner arts organizations like Trinity Repertory Theater Company, Festival Ballet Providence, and the Rhode Island Artists' Exchange
  • Intern at culture and publishing organizations such as the Worcester Museum of Art and C&G Media
  • Engage with artists, libraries, museums, theaters, social service agencies, marketing and media companies, and government organizations
  • Explore a variety of opportunities at social service agencies, events marketing companies, and government organizations

Student Clubs and Organizations

  • Bryant Arts & Creativity
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Thrive Magazine
  • Bryant Improv Troupe
  • Bryant Players 
  • The Bryant Literary Review


  • Giving for Good Marketplace 
  • ONE Campaign


  • Semester-long study abroad programs
  • Short-term study abroad trips led by faculty and tied to academic courses, such as Italian Culture, History, and Gastronomy, and Topics in Environmental Humanities


  • Conduct archival research in world-renowned library special collections with support from a faculty advisor
  • Present creative and critical work at Pop Up Gallery Night

Top 1% Outcomes

Bryant has a proud history of outstanding career outcomes for our graduates, including those outside the business majors. Our Class of 2023 reports a median starting salary that is the highest in school history: $72,500. 

Our Program