Literary and Intercultural Studies

Explore the questions, ideas, and values at the heart of cultural expression through literature, history, philosophy, and more, while enhancing your analysis, interpretation, and writing skills.

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The core requirements of this flexible major focus on literature, cultural literacy, and interdisciplinary studies. In addition, you will choose electives from other humanities fields like art history, creative writing, cultural studies, gender studies, history, music, philosophy, and religion. 

All students select one 12-unit track. Track choices include: 

  • Liberal Arts
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Creative Writing

Regardless of the chosen track, all students undertake a research-based capstone project on a topic of their choosing. These projects can take many forms, depending on your interests and training, including writing a research or photo-journalistic essay, creating a film, website or podcast, and more. Creative writing students will devise original work within a chosen genre, such as a collection of poems, a novella, or work of historical fiction.

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Career Paths

Our graduates have pursued careers in teaching, social work, publishing, or other fields where strong skills in analysis, interpretation, and writing are needed and valued. Other students have been mid-career professionals seeking to advance their careers.

Admission and Aid

You’re not alone in mapping your return to school. And advisor will evaluate your transcripts and create a detailed roadmap for your future, before you even enroll. We accept applications on a rolling basis, which means there is no hard deadline to apply. 

Please note — you will need to meet the following requirements: 

  • 30 transferable units with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • 24 years-old or older 
  • High school diploma or GED

How to Apply

  1. Complete Application — Apply now!
  2. Official Transcript(s)
    Submit an official transcript of course work from each college or university attended. Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope sent directly from the college or university.

International candidates should also refer to International Admissions to learn about additional requirements. 

Find out what it costs to afford a Dominican education, as well as options and opportunities for aid through Financial Aid, Scholarships and Loans.


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Meet the Faculty and Staff

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Joan Baranow, PhD

Professor of English
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Thomas Burke, MFA

Assistant Professor, Literature & Languages and Social & Cultural Studies
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Chase Clow, PhD

Assistant Professor, Humanities
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Julie Grellas, MEd

Field Placement and Outreach Coordinator
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Judy Halebsky, PhD

Director of the MFA Associate Professor of English


Jordan Lieser

Jordan Lieser, PhD

Associate Professor, History