We emphasize the study of literature, world cultures, art, philosophy, music, and creative writing. Our students select from extensive course offerings designed to cultivate their awareness of the cultural contexts of art, film and other visual media, the beauty of literature, and the power of the imagination, as well as an appreciation of diverse traditions and a nuanced understanding of the world into which they will graduate.
The Bryant ECS program offers an ever-growing variety of events and opportunities for students on campus:
The English & Cultural Studies Association maintains a schedule of activities tailored to students interested in music, the arts, philosophy, literature, film, and a wide variety of cultural events.
If you have an idea for bringing in a guest speaker, showing a film, or getting together a group to attend a play, the ECSA – the “student arm” of our program – would like to hear from you!
Students may also become involved with the editing and production of the Bryant Literary Review, a high quality annual journal of poetry and fiction. Each fall submissions arrive from every walk of life and virtually every corner of the globe. Student editors help select the very best from the rest, and take part in the process by which a literary journal is created fresh each year.
The annual Visiting Writers series brings nationally recognized poets and fiction writers to campus for readings and discussion of their work. Galway Kinnell, Ann Hood, and Marge Piercy are among the dozens of distinguished writers who have been our guests.
As an ECS student, you are preparing for a rich career. Professional opportunities for graduates with the skills you are acquiring can be found in such diverse and fast-growing fields as journalism, copy writing, publishing, education, law, museums, art galleries, repertory companies, arts foundations, event planning, nonprofit agencies, and both non governmental and governmental agencies.
Or perhaps you are considering advanced graduate studies. ECS programs can help you prepare for graduate work in creative writing, law, film, international studies, art and cultural studies, and much more. For more information on career possibilities and/or graduate school, please visit Bryant Career Services.
The Senior Practicum introduces advanced Literary and Cultural Studies students, as well as creative and artistically-directed Bryant students, to work within the literary and arts communities. Students develop a portfolio in several areas of creative production, including critical and creative writing, video, performance, and photography. Here you will also learn about community arts projects, and have the chance to meet and learn from a variety of working artists. The Senior Practicum is a combination of workshops, meetings with artists, and lectures & discussions on arts in the community.