This curriculum is built upon the learning of skills necessary for becoming a successful student. The study of literature then becomes the focus for the application of these skills. Students develop a literary vocabulary as it applies to the broad range of literary genre in this curriculum. Essential works of American, British, and World Literatures are read, reread, discussed, and written about. In addition, good contemporary writing reflecting the diversity of the times we live in is incorporated into the syllabi. The writing process, beginning at the freshmen level by focusing on sentence and paragraph structure and continuing to the senior level by writing and revising analytical and persuasive essays, is an essential component of the course work. Research skills are taught and practiced by requiring students to write research papers in accordance with MLA style sheet and by making extensive use of the Boston Public Library. In addition, every effort is made to integrate the arts and technology skills into the curriculum. Overall, the approach taken toward the course material is not only critical and analytical but also appreciative--that students may become not only better readers and writers but that this process may bring them greater enjoyment throughout life.