Major / Joint Majors

Focus on languages and literature

Want to make World Languages and Literatures the focus of your studies? We're excited to hear this, and have created many options to suit your interests and schedule.

What are my major and joint major options?

There are also options for a minor, honours, and certificates.

No matter what option you choose, be sure to read the helpful information on our faculty's Plan your program page.

How do I declare my major or minor in World Literature?

When you have successfully completed two courses in WLL, you can declare your Major or Minor. Email the student advisor and ask for an appointment to declare your Major or Minor, and to find out about your options within the program.

Literature courses and texts are in English. Students are encouraged to learn another language or to further their skills in another language through our language courses.

Major in World Literature

This bachelor of arts program focuses on writing from around the world - whether this is in the form of novels, essays, poetry, or prose, and whether the writing is traditional or experimental. The texts of world literature are those that have circulated outside their culture of origin, gaining new meanings and new relevance in other languages, nations, and traditions. Students will study historical, cultural, and theoretical approaches to literature in translation. The study of world literature raises vital questions about cross-cultural understanding, the practice of translation as a creative and cultural enterprise, literature's role in history and society, and the nature of literature itself.

Program requirements

Joint Major in World Literature and History

This inter-departmental program explores various relationships between world literature and historical studies. Interested students must plan their program in consultation with both department advisors, and should consult guidelines for course selection which is available from each department.

Program requirements

  • Students complete 120 units, as specified below. Students are moreover required to satisfy the prerequisites of all courses (upper and lower division) that are taken within this joint major and should consult regularly with the program advisors regarding course selection.
  • Students are encouraged to complete language courses at either the lower or upper division.

Program requirements

Joint Major in World Literature and International Studies

This inter-departmental program explores various relationships between world literature and international studies. Interested students must plan their program in consultation with both department advisors, and should consult guidelines for course selection which are available from each department.

Program requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below. Students are moreover required to satisfy the prerequisites of all courses (upper and lower division) that are taken within this joint major and should consult regularly with the program advisors regarding course selection.

Program requirements

 

Semester Abroad Requirement

Students will complete a term abroad through one of the following options.