Finlandia University has been named one of 30 Great Small Colleges for Book Lovers by About Great Books. The article was published on the organization’s website in May.
The colleges on this list were chosen for reasons including their extraordinary libraries or other resources for book lovers, their unique dedication to the “great books,” or because they are home to a highly sought-after English and literature department.
According to About Great Books, book lovers will find Finlandia’s English department a liberating place, as most of the major can be tailored to a student’s own interests. Basically, students choose from three overlapping categories. The Cultural Literacy track focuses on literature of various nations and ethnicities to prepare for an increasingly global literary field, while the Cross-Disciplinary track means reading books across every genre and developing an appreciation for the minute similarities of great literature. Finally, the Genres/Forms category of classes focuses on the various modes of literature, and includes reading novels, poetry, and drama.
“I think I speak for all the English faculty at Finlandia when I say that we are very pleased with the recognition from About Great Books,” Assistant Professor of English Mark Lounibos said. “We are committed to encouraging students to pursue their own interests while they develop their knowledge of great works of literature. Lovers of great books will find their passions nurtured in the English major at Finlandia University.”
“I am especially excited that Finlandia’s English curriculum is evolving to serve an increasingly diverse student body and include courses that critically explore gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity,” Assistant Professor of English Carolyn Dekker said.
Finlandia also places a keen interest in books every year during its annual Campus Read event, which focused on regional authors during the 2015-16 academic year. Learn more about Campus Read at finlandia.edu/campusread, the Maki Library by visiting finlandia.edu/library and explore North Wind Books, the university’s bookstore that includes a vast array of literature, at bookstore.finlandia.edu.
Founded in 1896, Finlandia University is a private, coeducational liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Finlandia University is located in the city of Hancock, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, just minutes from Lake Superior. Finlandia offers undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, health sciences, art and design, and business. Learn more about Finlandia’s English department by visiting finlandia.edu/english.
About Great Books is a website devoted to exploring the vast oceans of literature available to the modern reader. With so many books available, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. The site takes some of the guesswork out of finding the next book worth reading. About Great Books highlights some of the best books that share common elements and subject matter, plus additional feature articles. Read the full list of small colleges recognized at aboutgreatbooks.com.
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