The study of literature speaks to the diversity of human thought and experience, and it inculcates habits of attentive reading and reflection that students will use for the rest of their lives. It is fundamental training for the critical thinking skills that are so important for all careers. In many cases, college marks the last time students will read books they do not choose themselves, making it even more urgent to offer this core educational experience.

What Will They Learn?™ gives schools credit for Literature when they require a comprehensive literature survey or offer a selection of courses of which a clear majority are surveys and the remainder are literary in nature, although single-author or theme-based in strucure. Freshman seminars, humanities sequences, or other specialized courses that include a substantial literature survey component count.

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