World Literature

Our objective in World Literature is to provide you with the tools necessary to negotiate the global literary landscape and your own position in it: openness, wonder, critical thinking, self-reflexivity, and an awareness of the centrality of translation to all human interaction, whether literary or otherwise.


World Literature is a major program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; they also offer a joint major with International Studies. You are encouraged to participate in an international exchange and/or field schools to complement your degree.

World Literature is also available as a minor. You can add a minor to any degree. You can start this program at either the Burnaby or Surrey campus. 

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

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Admission requirements for World Literature

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12, please see the program specific requirements listed for 2020. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

How to apply

Applying to the major program

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: World Literature


After being accepted to the major, speak to a faculty advisor about the joint major.


You may add the minor program to any major program. Speak to your faculty advisor.

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Communications Specialist
  • Campaign Manager
  • Copy Writer
  • Critic
  • Development Project Manager
  • Director of Community Relations
  • Editor
  • Education Director
  • Foreign Affairs Officer
  • Freelance Writer/Journalist
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Museum Curator
  • Policy Advisor
  • Public Relations Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Writer

Not sure where to start? Career Services can help you explore your options and create possibilities.