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    Although we at Stern College for Women read texts in widely differing genres and historical periods, and draw on a variety of critical and theoretical approaches to texts, we share a passion for discussing language.

    We explore the power and beauty of words and how and what they can mean. Our courses feature texts of the Western literary tradition from the classical to the post-modern periods. We engage with students in large classes, small seminars and on a one-to-one basis.

    Students learn to analyze and interpret different modes of expression: poetry, prose, drama and film. They practice various types of writing and debate key questions about the relationships of art, society and language. Majors pursue independent projects as seniors on subjects they select in collaboration with faculty advisers.

    The department offers majors in literature, creative writing and communications (with tracks in journalism, public relations or advertising) and a minor in English. We also coordinate the interdisciplinary minors for women's studies and American studies.

    Our students graduate as careful readers and thinkers and especially strong writers, well-prepared to become leaders in fields such as law, education, journalism, publishing, social work, business, nonprofit organizations and the arts.

    For further information, please contact Linda Shires, chair, shires@yu.edu.

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