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Humanities & Culture

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?

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:

  • Education
  • Research
  • Media and Communication
  • Business Development
  • Community and Social Services
  • Healthcare Services
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Information Technology
  • Arts and Design
  • Operations


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:

  • English
  • Comparative Literature
  • Cultural Studies and Critical Theory
  • Law
  • Sociology 
  • Education 
  • Social Work
  • Communications
  • Media Studies
  • Public Relations 
  • Marketing 

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.

Attend a Career Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills, and plan for your career or further education. Visit for more information.

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.