If language is among our most expressive media, our most thoughtful media, then its careful study can only enrich our communication with each other: present, past, and future. The study of literature is grounded in the study of words and syntax: how we make meaning in language and how language makes meaning in us. In studying literature, we not only learn to tolerate ambiguity of meaning, but also find meaning in expression as much as in what is being expressed.
The Literature Program embraces its central role in general education at Bard. Following from the Language & Thinking and First-Year Seminar experiences, Literature program faculty emphasize the integral connection between writing and thinking. Students of Literature acquire habits of mind as well as skills of close reading, critical analysis, and written communication that will serve them throughout their lives as citizens and into any career as ambitious as it may be.