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Department of Literature and Language  


If you're visiting this website, you have an interest in the study of Literature and Language: in serious reading and writing.  Maybe you are trying to find out about our university, our department, what we do and what we offer our students.  Maybe you're one of our majors: maybe one of our graduates.  Whatever the nature of your interest, welcome to the UNC Asheville Department of Literature and Language.

It is a testament to the strong liberal-education emphasis of UNC Asheville and to our students that Literature is, from year to year, either the second or third most popular major at this university.  Our students, it seems, agree with this recent article by University of Virginia professor Mark Edmundsen that declares
Becoming an English major [at UNC Asheville, a Literature major] means pursuing the most important subject of all--being a human being.  An English major is much more than 32 or 36 credits including a course in Shakespeare, a course on writing before 1800, and a three-part survey of English and American lit.  That's the outer form of the endeavor.  It's what's inside that matters.  It's the character-forming--or (dare I say it?) soul-making--dimension of the pursuit that counts.

The UNC Asheville Literature Program offers students a rich opportunity to study British, American, and world literature in translation. It concentrates on the direct experience of fiction, drama, and poetry, as well as on placing authors and their works within a literary history and cultural context. Literature courses incorporate extensive participation in class discussion, group inquiry, and individual research. A sequence of core courses offers broad coverage of the field of literature and provides a solid foundation for majors who plan to continue the study of literature in graduate school. The study of literature also prepares students well for law, medicine, business, and other graduate programs. Within the department majors may choose to specialize in Literature, in Creative Writing, or in preparation for a career as an English teacher.

In the pages linked to the right you'll find information about our faculty and our curriculum, our classrooms and our co-curricular activities, our undergraduates and our alumni, our student learning outcomes and our advice to help students become one of those on whom nothing is lost.  Again, welcome.

Merritt Moseley,


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