A Bachelor of Literature is a four-year degree that allows students to specialize in an area of study. A student may choose to specialize in American literature, English literature or creative writing. The curriculum will include courses in creative writing, poetry, creative non-fiction, history, and literary criticism. Students may choose to major in a range of other majors such as business, math, psychology, sociology and a range of others. However, many students who have completed a bachelor's degree in literature choose to continue on with a master's degree or PhD in order to specialize in a specific area of literature.
The requirements for entering into a Bachelor of Literature program is a high school diploma. It is not required, but it is helpful. Students must also have at least a high school diploma for entry into most universities. In some cases, however, a high school graduate may be required to attend the University as a member of a committee or jury. There are also some boards of examiners that conduct background checks on prospective students to ensure they are eligible for admission.
Students will take general education courses that include English composition, reading, basic mathematics, chemistry, science, and social studies. Some may choose to continue their education by taking classes that focus on specific literature, while others will opt to focus on a certain genre of literature. The degrees awarded in programs in literature are typically a bachelor's in English, poetry or creative writing. A master's degree may also be awarded in areas such as history, business, math and psychology.
Upon completing your Bachelor of Literature, you will receive a degree or certificate that will allow you to enroll in graduate or doctoral programs in literature or the history of literature. You may also choose to write a thesis in any of the areas of study that you received your bachelor's degree. For example, if you focused on American literature, you could pursue graduate programs in American literature or work on a dissertation on a book-specific aspect of American literature.
Writing is not a field that you will learn without some instruction. However, you can complete all of the requirements of your degree online. A large amount of writing involved with advanced topics takes place on the internet. You may use online writing labs, email groups or discussion forums to communicate with other students and professionals who are in the same situation as you. Online writing resources are available for all majors and students, whether in community or private schools and whether you are studying toward a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Literature degree.
Your bachelor's degree in literature does not have to end with a degree in writing. If you are interested in writing children's books, non-fiction books, or even creative writing (which includes short stories and novels), you may choose to get your bachelor's in literature by studying a different area of the literature field. Many students opt to further their education through a Doctorate in English, which is a one-year program. There are also programs available for students . . . . . . studying for a Master of Science in English, a PhD in English, or a terminal degree in English.