World Languages and Literatures Programs

World literature is the study of writing from around the world: poetry, fiction, drama, travelogues and screenplays, and more. Studying languages will enrich such study, and more generally, equips you to understand a culture in its native language.

Studies in World Languages and Literatures (WLL) appeals to students who love literature, travel and cultural exchange. If you are curious about having a better sense of your place in the world, learning another language, and/or different forms of global culture - from epic poetry to contemporary graphic novels from East and West - then majoring, minoring, doing honours or completing a certificate in the Department of World Languages and Literatures is the right academic choice for you.

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Did you know?

World Literature is a teachable subject, recognized by the BC Teachers Federation. WL courses can also be used as an alternative to English for elementary school requirements in SFU's Professional Development Program (PDP).

Program and degree requirements

In addition to the information provided here on the WLL website, there are two more helpful places for you to find out everything you need to know about completing your degree.

Faculty information

Since WLL is a department within SFU's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, please refer to their Plan Your Program page. It will answer all your questions about requirements needed to attain your Bachelor of Arts degree. There is also a very helpful FAQ about declaring your major or minor, enrolment and more.

University information

Additionally, refer to SFU's Student Services pages for further information on program credentials as well as what you need to earn your Bachelor of Arts degree.

Transfer credit info

WLL recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) and select post-secondary courses for transfer credit. Please refer to the SFU Admissions website for more information.