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Literatures of the World Major

Welcome to the Literatures of the World undergraduate page.  Here you will find the major and minor requirements, contact information, career planning and study abroad resources and quarterly-updated information like:

  • Literatures of the World major checklist
  • Student and department event announcements
  • Quarterly course information and highlights

You will also find the Faculty Advisor for the Literatures of the World major, which changes annually.  Your faculty advisor will be available to assist you with such issues as academic progress, research opportunities and career paths within your field.

2016-2017 Faculty Advisor

Professor Stephanie Jed

Major Requirements

Literatures of the World major checklist
  1. Lower division (three courses):

    A three-course sequence in literature chosen from any section in literature.

    Students can combine courses in an original national language/literature with courses in translation to satisfy this requirement, such as LTFR 2A and 2B plus LTWL 4A (Film and Fiction in Twentieth-Century Societies: French). Students may use either the Revelle College Humanities sequence (HUM 1–5) or Eleanor Roosevelt College’s Making of the Modern World (MMW 1–6) to satisfy the lower-division sequence for the LTWL major.

  2. Upper division (twelve courses):
    1. Six courses in a regional or single-language literature, to be taken in the original language(s) or in translation
    2. Four courses focused on a topic or another regional or single-language literature
    3. Two courses in non-European and non-US Literature; if satisfied under group (a) or group (b), any other two literature courses may be substituted.
  3. Three courses in a secondary literature, that is, a literature taught in a language different from that of the primary literature. At least one of these courses must be upper division. Upper-division courses taken to satisfy the secondary literature requirement may be counted as part of the twelve upper-division courses for the major and may, where appropriate, be applied to requirements in Group B or C. Students should see an adviser when selecting specific courses that will be taken to satisfy this requirement. Special studies courses (198s and 199s) and courses in foreign literatures taught in translation do not apply to the secondary literature requirement. 

Minor Requirements

Seven literature courses, at least five of which must be upper-division as follows:

1) a two- or three-course lower-division sequence and
2) five upper-division courses with a single unifying theme.

Students may use either the Revelle College Humanities sequence (HUM 1-5) or Eleanor Roosevelt College's Making of the Modern World (MMW 1-6) to satisfy the lower-division sequence for the LTWL minor. All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade.  You can declare a Literatures of the World minor (LT38) on TritonLink, using the Major/Minor Tool.

Course Information

  • 2015-2016 Planned Course Offerings
  • Current Course Descriptions
    • For the Literatures of the World major, courses with the note "[...] will fulfill Literature/World major’s non-European/non-U.S. requirement." at the end of their description can be applied to the major's non-U.S/non-European requirement.

Tips for Transfer Students

Before you transfer...

  • Check Assist, the official source for articulation and student transfer information. You will see how your lower division courses will transfer to UCSD. 
  • This major does have a foreign language requirement, so students are highly recommended to start taking courses in their chosen language as early as possible.
  • We are happy to assist any students who are planning to transfer to UCSD.  If you would like guidance prior to transferring, please email us at litprospective@ucsd.edu or call us at 858-534-3210.

After you transfer...

  • Please check your transfer record on TritonLink . Are all the courses you took listed? Are the UC San Diego equivalent courses listed beside the courses you took? If you took a course and it does not appear on your TritonLink record, please contact the Admission's Office for corrections. 
  • If you took a course that does not appear on Assist and you think it is equivalent to one of our courses, you can file an undergraduate student petition with the Literature Department for review. We will be happy to go over that process with you if you have any questions.
  • Once you've received all possible UCSD credit for your transferred coursework, you are ready to make an academic plan.  Our Academic Advisors are happy to help you with this during our walk-in advising hours.
    • YOU SHOULD BE ENROLLED IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE COURSE IN YOUR FIRST QUARTER AT UCSD.  If you need assistance determining which course is appropriate, please call us at 858-534-3210.
    • After transferring coursework and filing undergraduate petitions, many transfer students find that they still have lower division requirements to fulfill.  It is highly recommended that you substitute upper division courses for these requirements, and our Academic Advisors have lists of pre-approved courses for this purpose (this is only applicable to lower division LTEN and LTWL courses).

Study Abroad for Your Major

Literatures of the World majors are highly recommended to study abroad!  Aside from being an amazing experience, study abroad coursework can be applied to your major requirements (and actually decrease your time to graduation, if planned right)!  Literatures of the World majors may apply up to 5 upper division courses from study abroad to their major requirements, and Literatures of the World minors may apply up to 3 upper division courses to their minor.  Learn more about study abroad opportunities:

Careers in Literature

Students who major in Literature pursue a wide array of career paths.  UCSD and the Department of Literature have many resources to aid you in your career exploration and development:

Alumni Highlight:

World Literature Alumni - Tova Weintraub

Tova Weintraub, ’07

Literatures of the World

Brand Marketing Manager, Cinedigm

Tova Weintraub has a professed passion for developing branding campaigns for companies and clients and robust career experiences in the entertainment industry. Before her current post, she held positions at 20th Century Fox Film, Mattel, and Allied Integrated Marketing, where she managed Paramount and DreamWorks accounts.

Contact us through...

Map to the Literature Building

Walk-in Advising

Literature Building, Room 110
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm

Virtual Advising Center

Virtual Advising Center

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