College of Letters

Cultivating the Educated Imagination

The College of Letters is a three year, interdisciplinary major for the study of European literature, history, and philosophy, from antiquity to the present. During these three years, students participate as a cohort in a series of colloquia in which they read and discuss works together (in English), learn to think critically about texts in relation to their contexts and influences—both European and non-European—and in relation to the disciplines that shape and are shaped by those texts.  Majors also become proficient in a foreign language and study abroad in order to deepen their knowledge of another culture. The COL, a unique college within the University, has its own library and workspace where students can study together, participate in seminars and workshops, attend lectures, and meet informally with their professors, whose offices surround the library.

 

Frequently asked questions about majoring in the COL, answered by Professors Ponce-Hegenauer and Torgerson

Applications for the major are due on Monday, March 25, 2019

"Text, Paratext, Performance: Translating Ancient Literature"

Please join COL students and professors for a workshop with three distinguished scholars and translators of classical literature, Diane Arnson Svarlien, Deborah Roberts, and Diane Rayor

Thursday, March 28 @ 4:30 in the COL library

More information can be found here