Literature Program

The Literature Program

The Literature Program

Split This Rock Poetry Festival - April 2018

Split This Rock Poetry Festival - April 2018

As part of the Literature program, Stockton students can choose from concentrations in Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Theatre-English, or pursue a simultaneous study of literature while earning K-12 or Secondary English Education certifications.

The program prepares students for an array of intellectual and professional pursuits, ranging from graduate scholarship to careers in writing, archival and library science, editing, publishing, teaching, and beyond. Literature students can also apply to take part in a new a dual-degree program in Literature and American Studies, allowing them to graduate with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years’ time.

Mission Statement

Literature engages students in the practice of reading and writing as a means of learning from the past and looking toward the future, training them to ask questions about the nature of the world around them. Students develop strong foundational communication, research, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to become effective citizens and thinkers across a variety of careers and fields of study. In our increasingly global society where so much of our culture and commerce depends on online, text-based interaction, clear writers and creative thinkers have never been more in-demand.

Curriculum Worksheets

To view the Course Schedule by term, click here.

See the Catalog of Courses for complete descriptions of course offerings.

For detailed curriculum information, please refer to the Academic Bulletin.

Top Five Reasons to Study Literature at Stockton

  1. Global Awareness
    Because “poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before” (Audre Lorde): literature contains all the disciplines— from science, politics, history, religion and philosophy to psychology, economics, music, art, and film. When you study literature, you study the world.
  2. Critical Thinking
    Because “language is a virus” (Laurie Anderson) and knowledge of it is the cure: Literature majors can become experts in using language to understand and to critique our systems of knowledge and perception.
  3. Communication Skills
    Because inarticulateness is well, like, bad: the critical thinking, written and verbal communication skills Literature majors develop allow them to enter a variety of careers as well as graduate study. In fact, English is the language of international business. As a result, employers, such as Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell, “love hiring English majors.”
  4. Information Literacy & Research Skills, Teamwork & Collaboration
    Because Literature has some of the best professors and we will know your name: Literature offers small classes and a variety of opportunities for on- and off-campus internships and independent study—including creative writing projects, projects in the digital humanities, and opportunities to work with the South Jersey Culture & History Center.
  5. Adapting to Change
    Because you should study what you love. Have a passion for reading and writing? We will help you study what you love and find the careers that will utilize these skills.

Literature Faculty


Emily August

Emily August, Assistant Professor of British Literature

609-652-4636 | K-137
Deborah Gussman

Deborah Gussman, Professor of American Literature

609-652-4657 | F-131
Adalaine B. Holton

Adalaine B. Holton, Associate Professor of Literature

609-652-4594 (email preferred) | C-115
Lisa Honaker

Lisa Honaker, Dean, School of Arts and Humanities; Professor of British Literature

609-652-4505 | K-150
Marion Hussong

Marion Hussong, Professor of Literature, Carol Rittner Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies

609-652-4554 | G-244b
Kristin Jacobson

Kristin Jacobson, Professor of Literature

609-626-5581 | F-243
Cynthia Arrieu-King

Cynthia Arrieu-King, Associate Professor of Creative Writing

609-626-6089 | J-109
Thomas Kinsella

Thomas Kinsella, Professor of Literature, Director of the South Jersey Culture and History Center

609-652-4419 | H-202h
Nathan Long

Nathan Long, Professor of Creative Writing

609-652-4887 | H-246
Adam Miyashiro

Adam Miyashiro, Assistant Professor of Literature

609-626-6020  |  F-213a
 Sara Nović

 Sara Nović,  Assistant Professor of Creative Writing



Visiting Writers Series and Literature Program Events

Raquel Salas RiveraRaquel Salas Rivera 
Monday, January 28, 2:10pm-3:25pm
Campus Center Theatre

Rivera, poet laureate of the City of Philadelphia for 2018-2019 will read from their poetry collections.


Peter E. MurphyPeter Murphy
Thursday, February 21, 6:00pm-8:00pm


Murphy will read from several recently published books of poetry and nonfiction.


Bryon MacWilliamsBryon MacWilliams
Wednesday, March 20, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Board of Trustees Room

MacWilliams will read from his account of local resident, Laura Oberlender, who survived the Holocaust by living in a haystack for more than a year. Cosponsored with The Sara & Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center.

Lauren WilkinsonLauren Wilkinson
Tuesday, April 9, 6:00pm-8:00pm




Thursday, April 18, 4:30pm-7:00pm
L-Wing Art Gallery

Tim DeMarco & Thorsten Nagelschmidt

Tuesday, April 23, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Demarco will read excerpts from his English translation of Thorsten Nagelschmidt's novel Was kostet die Welt (For What It's Worth).

Special Opportunities

Study Abroad and Internships

The Literature program encourages its majors to pursue at least one term of study abroad or one term of internship (e.g., the Washington Internship). Of schools not located in the District of Columbia, Stockton has the largest Washington Internship program of any college or university in the country. The full-semester internship for 12 credits can be a useful tool for gaining career experience and contacts. A sample of previous placements for majors in Literature includes internships with the United Press International’s Capitol Hill Investigative ReporterThe National JournalThe Hill Ragand D.C. Public Defender, as well as congressional and executive offices.

Scholarships, Clubs, and Honor Societies

The program maintains an active chapter of the international honor society Sigma Tau Delta, as well as the literature club, Idols of the Tribe. The program brings students, faculty, and alumni together for career workshops, meet-and-greet information gatherings, graduate school application workshops, and the annual LITT Bash, a large party to honor outstanding student work and celebrate the completion of the academic year. The Literature program also sponsors the Visiting Writers Series: public readings by poets, novelists, and non-fiction authors with local, national, and international reputations. Past visiting writers include Jeffrey Eugenides, Sharon Olds, Marilyn Nelson, Marie Howe, Tony Hoagland, Mark Strand, Alicia Ostriker, and Mark Doty. We also publish a student-run journal, Stockpot.