General Literature Major

A program that focuses on literature from one or more genres, cultures, or traditions.

Includes instruction in period and genre studies, author studies, literary criticism, and studies of various types of literary text.

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Search for schools that offer a major in General Literature (use the com | CollegeFinder, and enter "general lit” in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in General Literature?

With an associate or bachelor’s degree in this major, individuals may choose from a variety of career options.  Opportunities to get-your-foot-in-the-door include (but are not limited to) publishing assistant, social media specialist, editorial assistant, and copy editor.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in General Literature

Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

Publications/Magazines in General Literature