The Department of Literature at UC, San Diego is a place where the study of history and culture takes place through our analytical and creative engagement with various kinds of texts, i.e., literature (poetry, fiction, drama), literary theories and philosophy, film and other visual and multimedia productions (TV dramas, musical videos, photography among others). We believe that the earlier and more recent history of the world and its citizens can be most effectively grasped and thoroughly appreciated through an access to their cultural achievements.
We offer courses that can be grouped as eight distinct and yet overlapping and combinatory clusters.
• Literary Studies
• Creative Writing
• Film Studies
• Language Studies
• Translation Studies
• Cultural Studies
• Transnational/Trans-regional Studies and Globalization Studies
In addition to the horizons of knowledge and information about the world that the Literature Department courses open up, they teach foundational skills, i.e., critical reading, thinking and writing. These skill sets will prepare you for a wide range of careers and will prove to be your most prized and lifelong assets for the profession you choose for yourself upon graduation. Please refer to Careers in Literature.
There are eleven undergradute majors and eleven undergraduate minors within the Literature Department. Below you will find an overview of each of the eleven majors. If you have any question about the Literature Department or our undergraduate program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cultural Studies at UCSD offers courses on topics such as affection and memory, critical theory, diaspora, empire, gender and queer discourse, film and multimedia, migrant subjects, postcolonial studies, religion and spirituality, science and technological imagination, Trans-Asian popular culture, visuality and identity, among others. Our faculty work together across cultures and disciplines. We link cultural theory to everyday practices, looking upon culture as a site of active engagement among structures of knowledge, power, and representation. Through taking seminars, students are to familiarize themselves with research methods and matters as advocated by thinkers ranging from Adorno to Zizek. They have plentiful choice in designing their concentrations and minor fields, in forging intellectual depth and in developing versatile, analytical skills.
Literatures in Russian majors will take 3 language courses (LTRU 104 A, B, and C), and the three courses that constitute the Russian literature series (LTRU 110 A, which covers the first part of the 19th Century, B, which covers the second half of the 19th Century through the Bolshevik Revolution, and C, which covers literature from 1917 to the present). In addition to these six required courses, majors will choose from a selection of upper division LTRU (Russian Literature) courses. These include courses devoted a single author (such as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, or Nabokov), courses in Russian cinema, and thematic courses such as Russian Jewish Literature. If a course contains adequate Russian or East European content, but is not listed under LTRU, it is possible to petition to count this course toward the major. It is also possible to set up a directed reading with a faculty member in an area of Russian literature of your choice. We urge Russian majors to see one-on-one courses with a professor as an opportunity to work on an author of your choice in the original language. Each Russian major will also take a minimum of three literature courses outside the Russian section.
Russian majors may also count courses they have taken abroad toward the Russian major, and you are encouraged to spend part of your time as an undergraduate in Russia, Eastern Europe, or Eurasia. It is a good idea, before leaving for Russia, to meet with a Russian literature advisor, as well as a Literature Department staff member, to be sure that your credits will be automatically transferred.
We encourage Russian Literature Majors to become engaged in the large Russian community of San Diego by attending events on and off campus, and volunteering their time through academic internships. The Russian culture club, "Cactus" holds regular concerts and talks on the UCSD campus, which are open to the public. For more information about local events, please see the UCSD Russian and Soviet Studies Program page.
The Department offers a bilingual major that allows students to do half their coursework in English and half in Spanish: the U.S. Latino/a and Latin American Literatures major. Requirements:
When Professor Rae Armantrout (recipient of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry) asked a former student about her time at UCSD this is what she had to say"
"The thing I love about UCSD's literature/writing major is that the program gives you a lot of space to figure out your interests. There are so many genres available for you to explore. You can take a class in experiemental cross genre work or science fiction and fantasy. You can write epic poems. You can do whatever you need to do to grow as a writer. The program is also situated within a larger literature department, so there's an understanding of the connection between reading deeply and writing deeply and you have access to all these amazing literature classes while you're taking writing workshops. For instance, I was able to take a world mythology class which gave me a deeper understanding of the archetypes I was using in my poems when I made mythological references. Also, the teachers are working writers passionate about their craft and that shows in the way they teach. I really enjoyed my time in the program."
BA in Literature/Writing, UCSD, 2006
Keely's book manuscript "Things I Say to Pirates on Nights when I miss you" was recently chosen by the SFSU's Michael Rubin Book Award and will be published this October.