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Literature & Critical Theory Program
Ann Swerdfager is not only a publicity director and writer, she's also a Literature and Critical Theory grad.
Ann Swerdfager (B.A.,1984) is the head of public relations for the Stratford Festival, North America's leading classical theatre company. Her previous work experience includes working as senior producer of regional new media for CBC, and writing a lifestyle television series which aired on HGTV and Food Network Canada. Read more about Ann on LinkedIn.
What do employers value about Literature & Critical Theory Program graduates?
draw connections between seemingly disparate sources of information
read closely and imaginatively
write clearly and effectively across genres and styles
analyze texts for both grammatical and content accuracy
synthesize large amounts of information into a coherent structure
ability to compare and translate different forms of representation in diverse contexts
analyze a problem and draw correct inferences using qualitative and/or quantitative analysis
demonstrate language and cultural expertise
Within two years of graduation, 85% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $44,292/year upon entering the workforce. 63% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)
your degree after graduation
University of Toronto Literature and Critical Theory alumni most frequently apply their writing and analysis skills in these industries:
- Media and Communication
- Business Development
- Community and Social Services
- Healthcare Services
- Information Technology
- Arts and Design
graduate or professional school
A Literature and Critical Theory degree equips students with the critical thinking and problem solving skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:
- Comparative Literature
- Cultural Studies and Critical Theory
- Social Work
- Media Studies
- Public Relations
exploring opportunities while you're a student
Learn About yourself
Attend an In the Field program to meet professionals working in a variety of occupations within one organization.
Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options.
Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience.
Connect with Alumni
The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.
Explore Your Options
While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career.
Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline.
Attend social and academic events organized by the Literature and Critical Theory Student Union.
Submit your work for publication in FUN.
helpful career and industry related resources
- Literature and Critical Theory Program, U of T
- Cultural Human Resources Council
- Canadian Public Relations Society