The Literary, Cultural and Textual Studies program emphasizes new approaches to literary texts and fosters the study of texts that expand the traditional definitions of literature. It prepares students for both academic and non-academic careers by encouraging them to make connections among texts (critical, theoretical, scholarly, and creative), to engage in research and critical thinking at an advanced level, and to write and present scholarship of merit and distinction.

Many courses in the program are interdisciplinary, integrating literature with the visual arts, film, music, history, and politics. The new curriculum now includes courses like Teaching College Literature, as well as a Capstone Course to help students hone their teaching and academic writing skills to prepare for competitive job markets.

The graduate faculty in Literary, Cultural and Textual Studies publish and teach in a wide range of areas—from medieval romance to digital media, from early American captivity narratives to contemporary experimental fiction—and from a variety of theoretical perspectives.