The literature major offers students a representative study of British and American literature, other literatures written in English, and world literatures in translation. It provides students the opportunity to develop their writing and critical thinking skills in small seminar settings. Students are encouraged to take part in SMU’s London semester, preferably during their junior or senior year, and to study a foreign language. The literature major highlights cultural competency and prepares students for any job or profession that requires the skills of critical reading and analysis. It is also excellent preparation for graduate or professional programs in English, law, journalism and business.