Literature . programs are not common due to the hands-on research and writing required, but some are available. Most courses for the remote programs may be taken online, but schools require students to complete a residency period that must take place on campus in two summer school sessions. A teaching assistantship may also be required. These programs usually come with technical concentrations in subjects like discourse and rhetoric, technology, and media studies. Students may be able to tailor their concentration for a more literature-based emphasis. A bachelor's degree in a related field is required, as well as critical and creative writing samples.