Literary and Cultural Studies

Guided by accomplished faculty with diverse expertise, discover your passion engaging with a variety of media, cultures, and methodologies. Offered as a major and minor.

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Program Overview

Our dynamic Literary and Cultural Studies program encourages engagement with literature, film, music, creative writing, visual arts and other art forms. Learning to create and critique cultural expressions helps you develop as a critical thinker, problem solver, and global citizen.

  • Work with faculty experts in fields from anthropology to literature, media studies to art history.
  • Tap your creative spirit and showcase your work through venues like theater, pop-up galleries, and an international journal of poetry and fiction. 
  • Focus your studies on an aspect of cultural analysis that intrigues you.
  • Immerse yourself in real-world learning experiences engaging with artists and interning with magazines, museums, social service agencies, marketing companies, government organizations.
  • Develop a portfolio of creative production, including critical and creative writing, video, performance, and photography, as your capstone project, supported by a faculty mentor. 

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CROSS-DISCIPLINARY ADVANTAGE

  • A strong liberal arts foundation develops critical thinking and communication skills essential for success and continuous growth in every field.
  • Your business minor will be a competitive advantage that highlights the acumen and problem-solving abilities cultivated through real-world projects
  • Whether you pursue grad school or begin a career after graduation, the credentials of your major and minor distinguish you.
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The Bryant Difference

21%

At Bryant, 21 percent of the Class of 2017 enrolled in graduate school within six months of Commencement.

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No. 7

U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best College rankings list Bryant as No. 7 in the Regional Universities North category.

94% Agree

Graduates of Bryant’s class of 2017 agree that Bryant prepared them for success.

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
Boston University
Bryant University
Cigna
Community College of Rhode Island
Hubspot
LaSalle Academy
Leslie Dill Studio
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
NEW ENGLAND CONTROLS
PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE
PHOENYX MARKETING
RHODE ISLAND PARENT INFORMATION NETWORK
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY
TARGET
WGBH Boston
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Bentley University
Bryant University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Quinnipiac University
Rhode Island School of Design
University of Connecticut
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Experiential Learning Opportunities

CAREER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

  • 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.
  • Explore a variety of opportunities at social service agencies, events marketing companies, and government organizations.

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS

  • Write for The Archway student newspaper
  • Linked Through Leadership committee member
  • Join the executive board of the Bryant Players
  • Serve as student editor for The Bryant Literary Review

SERVICE

  • Giving for Good Marketplace student coordinator
  • ONE Campaign

INTERNATIONAL

  • Travel with Sophomore International Experience
  • Study abroad in locations around the world

RESEARCH

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

Inspired Faculty

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Inspired Faculty

Our faculty includes accomplished authors, artists, and researchers as well as two Fulbright Scholars. These award-winning educators and mentors specialize in areas as diverse as political satire, women's studies, African popular culture, Asian American literature, comics and graphic narratives, and environmental art. Among them is:

DREA BROWN, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English and Cultural Studies