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Programs Offered

Literature B.A.

Literature Minor

Italian Studies B.A.

Italian Studies Minor

Literature M.A.

Literature Ph.D.

Literature Designated Emphasis

Other Programs of Interest

Classical Studies

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

East Asian Studies

Feminist Studies


History of Art and Visual Culture

History of Consciousness 

Jewish Studies

Languages and Applied Linguistics

Language Studies

Latin American and Latino Studies



Spanish Studies

The study of literature at UCSC is organized as an interdisciplinary field coordinated through a single Department of Literature, including modern and ancient literatures in the original language and in translation, literary theory, and creative writing. This structure fosters innovative and comparative approaches to literature among both faculty and students. Courses in the department encompass traditional literary history and interpretation, cross-cultural inquiry and current theoretical debates, and new media. The Literature Department also sponsors the Italian Studies major.

Undergraduate Program

Literature majors learn to read, think, and write critically. These skills have wide applicability, and offer pathways into related disciplines such as history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, politics, and the history of art and visual culture. Literature majors enter a variety of careers ranging from law and journalism to management, government, international studies, publishing, technical writing, and teaching at all levels. The literature major prepares students for careers in digital storytelling and electronic media; film, television, and video; theater and the visual arts; and many other fields.

The Literature Department faculty requires that all literature majors have basic proficiency in a second language. Proficiency in more than one language enhances understanding of any literature and culture. Graduate programs in literature and other humanities disciplines generally require competence in at least one language other than English.

Courses for Non-Majors

The Literature Department invites students from all disciplines to take courses in the LIT 60/LIT 61 and LIT 80/LIT 81 series.