In the AOK Arts and Literature category, all three courses must emphasize arts or
literature. At least one of the three courses must be in literature. At least
one of the three courses must be in the arts.
Literature provides an imaginative record of all human experience. Drawing from
all disciplines, it reexamines what has been thought and discovered and speculates
about what could be. The methods of literary study improve students’ critical thinking
skills as well as their writing and speaking skills. Intellectual engagement with
literature during their college years helps students to develop the habit of reading,
to find reading pleasurable, and thus to develop their inner resources of imagination,
creativity, and sensitivity to the human condition.
The overall goal of any course in literature is to help students become competent
readers and interpreters (in both written and spoken form) of literary texts. Achieving
this goal involves developing skills in careful reading and formal analysis, understanding
the contexts—for example, historical, social, cultural, economic, and technological—that
shape literature, and recognizing that there are different critical approaches in