The statue of Amida Buddha at Kōtoku-in, Japan
Photo by Deborah Morrow Yu
The Literatures of the World Major
The Literatures of the World major offers students an opportunity to design a more flexible and individualized program, allowing them to combine their interests in regional literatures (for example, Europe, the Americas, East Asia, Africa, Near East) or national literatures (for example, Chinese, French, Russian, Filipino, German, Italian) with more topical studies (for example, genre, period, gender, ethnic literature, literature and the visual arts, cultural studies, writing, Third World studies). The World Literature major provides students with solid expertise in a single regional or national culture, while allowing them to explore beyond it comparatively and critically. In a rapidly globalizing world where we are increasingly crossing national, cultural and linguistic boundaries, the Literatures of the World major is a good place to start for those who would like to feel more at home in the world at large.