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.

Lauren Clamon
Class of 2020

“After taking my first lit class to satisfy a communications requirement, I fell down a rabbit hole of literature classes and each was more delightful than the last. It’s plain as day how much the entire department cares for its students.”
Anna Williams
Class of 2021

“I will say it was definitely a struggle at times being a humanities major amongst a bunch of engineers and computer scientists, but the literature department always made me feel welcomed. They made sure I always had a place to go and things to do with other humanities students.”