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.”
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.”