For Undergraduate Students

Literature at MIT embraces an expansive vision of literary study. We are linked by a common interest in problems of narrative, aesthetics, genre, and media, but our curriculum explores a broad array of written, oral, and visual forms, ranging from the ancient world to the 21st century. We teach poetry, drama, and prose fiction, and also film, television, comics, memoirs, and folk music. Our courses engage students in the pleasures and challenges of reading and interpretation, expose them to fresh ways of thinking about the world, and develop valuable, transferable skills in writing and communication.

Marisa Fryer
Class of 2015
“I love the professors and faculty of the Literature section, who encourage and inspire me to study whatever my heart desires, no matter how absurd it may be. They genuinely care about my well being, and through their guidance, I’ve learned more about myself and my own fascination with film and literature than I ever would have otherwise.”
Casey Crownhart
Class of 2017
“I love the Literature section because it’s a comfortable but challenging place to be. By that I mean that people in the Literature department, from faculty to staff to other students, care about my education and are invested in me, and I feel like I belong. At the same time though, I’ve been challenged to think in new ways and consider new ideas. It’s a wonderful learning environment to be part of.”