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Curriculum and Requirements

The Program

World Literature majors or minors develop an individual curriculum consistent with their background and interests, and with the program requirements summarized below:

Major in World Literature: 27 credits

Two World Literature core courses: WDLI 201, 202, 203

(One of those courses can be satisfied through WDLI 10, 1102, or 103) 6 credits

English/World Literature 300W 3 credits

One course in classical literature at the 200 level or above from the Department of Classics (taught either in English or in a classical language)

3 credits

One literature course from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (taught either in English or in a modern foreign language)

3 credits

Four elective courses at the 300 level or above from literature courses offered through the World Literature program, or the Departments of English, Modern Languages, or Classics (Literature courses in Classics at the 200 level or above and certain classes in Modern Languages and Literatures, World Literature, and in English at the 200 level or above may also fulfill these electives)

12 credits

Total 27 credits

Minor in World Literature: 12 credits

Two World Literature core courses 6 credits

Two electives from any courses in World Literature, Classics, English, or Modern Languages & Literatures 6 credits

Total 12 credits

Although the World Literature program does not require courses in  a foreign language, students with the requisite language skills are strongly advised to enhance their programs by electing at least one course in which literature is studied in its original language.

Description of Core Courses

•  WDLI 201: The Literature and Culture of the Ancient World and the Middle Ages

A survey of the literature of the ancient world, Greek and Roman traditions, the Bible as literature, ancient literature of other cultures.

•  WDLI 202: From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment and the Late 19th Century (1400-1875)

A survey of the literature from the Renaissance to the 18th century Enlightenment and the latter part of the 19th century.

•  WDLI 203: Late 19th, 20th and 21st Century Literature (1875-Present)

A survey of literature from the end of the 19th century to the present.

•  WDLI 300W/ENGL 300 W:  Critical Issues in Literary Study

Introduction to the major approaches to literary study and to substantive issues raised by literature and criticism.