In keeping with the multicultural and interdisciplinary philosophy of Cal State San
Marcos' Mission Statement, the LTWR major provides students with a global literary
experience, which may be best described under the general rubric of "cultural studies."
In its broadest sense, this term implies that literature and other cultural artifacts
are studied as reflections and expressions of the cultures that value them. Studied
in this context, literature is viewed not only in terms of its form and style, its
relation to previous traditions and genres, its rhetoric and language, but in terms
of its use in constructing social and cultural identities. Cultural studies may involve
comparative approaches between "high" and "low" forms of expression; it may concern
itself with new kinds of media (film, video, computers); it usually involves issues
of social status, gender, ethnicity, and national demographics; it often examines
relationships between various kinds of cultural documents (historical records, archives,
From a pedagogical point of view, cultural studies stresses cross-cultural contexts of a given literature, exploring not only the dominant literary tradition of a culture, but also the indigenous, marginalized or unrecognized literatures within that tradition. These "literatures" take multiple forms: oral tale, comic book, folk narrative, national epic, or avant garde poem.
The Literature and Writing Studies department understands the value that proficient reading and writing skills bring to any career. The LTWR minor provides students with the opportunity to enhance these skills alongside their major. At only 15 units, our minor is designed to complement your other studies, not overshadow them.
The minor requires 5 LTWR courses: one lower division, one Literature course, one Writing course and two electives. Students are able to develop the skills they value most and can select topics that pique their interest. Some courses may even satisfy GE requirements simultaneously!
A LTWR minor demonstrates to employers excellent written and oral communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creative skills, making our students highly desired applicants.