Minors Snapshot - World Literature
The minor is a part of Department of English and the Department of Foreign Languages, Literature and Cultures.The undergraduate minor in world literature provides students with a chance to study literature from the following areas: Africa, Australasia, Latin America, Middle East, Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, and a special interest area (Native America, African America, Caribbean, and sections of Europe traditionally not covered in an average student's classroom experience). By offering a broad yet substantial introduction to literatures produced beyond their traditional Western experience, the minor provides students with a bridge to new cultures and languages. Through a careful examination of literary traditions produced by others, students will be encouraged to develop a clear understanding of the relationship between culture and literature as well as the capacity to think outside the parameters of their own cultural background.
Courses that contribute to this minor address both the cultural contexts from which given works emerge and to which they respond, as well as the actual formal literary qualities of the works. By exploring various literary traditions, students will better understand how literature both reflects and interrogates culture. Students interested in the shape of tomorrow's world will benefit from this exposure to a global perspective on human cultures. This is also good foundation for students aiming to study, especially comparative literature, at the graduate level.
The program is sponsored jointly by the Department of English and the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures. World literature courses offered by the English department study different non-English language-literatures. No prior foreign language training is assumed or required.
The minimum requirement for a minor in World Literature is 21 credits with a least 9 credit hours drawn from each department.
Offering Academic Unit: Department of English; Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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Undergraduate Catalog Website: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/minors/world-literature.shtml