This program, intended for outstanding students who wish to study world literature beyond the major program’s course work, requires concentrated research and writing on a topic that has been approved by the program.
The program's language of instruction is English. Students are encouraged to study languages and to study abroad.
Entry to the program is competitive, and by application. Only a small number of students are admitted each year.
To apply, students complete the same lower division requirements as the major program, WL 300, 301 and two other 300 division WL courses, and six units of language study in either the lower or upper division (see below).
Applicants must have a minimum 3.67 grade point average (GPA) in world literature courses, and a minimum 3.33 cumulative grade point average (CGPA). Contact the student advisor for further information.
Honours students complete 12 units of language study, which may include courses completed during study abroad or field schools, or an approved equivalent.
Honours students who intend to apply for graduate school are also encouraged to complete a minimum of three units of literature in a language other than English. This may be fulfilled by completing a WL directed reading course (WL 450) or by completing an upper division course in another Simon Fraser University department. With prior approval, students can complete an upper division course at another university.
Students complete 132 units, as specified below.
Lower Division Requirements
Students complete a total of 21 units, including one of
- WL 100-3 Introduction to World Literature
- WL 101W-3 Writing About Literature
- WL 102-3 Literature Across Cultures
and one of
- WL 103W-3 Pre-Modern World Literature
- WL 104W-3 Modern World Literature
- WL 200-3 Literary Analysis and Interpretation
and one of
- WL 201-3 East/West
- WL 202-3 North/South
- WL 203-3 Selected Genres in World Literature
- WL 204-3 Human Rights Literature
and two additional three unit lower division courses in world literature
and one lower division three-unit HIST course (HIST 130 is recommended).
Before proceeding to upper division world literature courses, students are encouraged to complete the lower division requirements as shown above.
Upper Division Requirements
Students complete a total of 50 upper division WL units, including both of
- WL 300-4 How Theory Travels
- WL 301W-4 Advanced Composition
and any of
- WL 303-4 Global Culture and its Others
- WL 304-4 Exiles and Émigrés
- WL 305W-4 Sages and Poets
- WL 306-4 Literary Romanticisms
- WL 308-4 Imperial Cultures
- WL 309-4 Post-Imperial Cultures
- WL 310-3 Text and Context
- WL 320-3 Interdisciplinary Approaches
- WL 330-4 Selected Topic in World Literature
and at least one of
- WL 400-4 Literary Perspectives on Ancient Cultures
- WL 401-4 Early Modernities
- WL 402-4 Other Modernities
- WL 403-3 After Modernities
- WL 404W-4 Literature and Translation
- WL 410-4 Selected Topic in World Literature I
- WL 420-4 Selected Topic in World Literature II
- WL 430-4 Selected Topic in World Literature III
- WL 440-4 Selected Topic in World Literature IV
- WL 450-4 Directed Readings in Language and Literature
- WL 460-4 Directed Readings
and both of
- WL 480-4 Honours Essay Research
- WL 490-4 Honours Essay
Relevant Topic Courses
With prior approval, students may complete a maximum of three lower and twelve upper division units of relevant topic courses from outside the World Literature Program (courses offered at Simon Fraser University or our field schools and exchanges) by submitting the course description to the world literature advisor. The following pre-approved courses are appropriate.
- ENGL 207-3 Twentieth Century Literatures in English
- ENGL 392-4 Studies in World Literatures in English
- ENGL 492-4 Topics in World Literatures in English
- FPA 341-3 World Music
- FREN 342-4 Literature in Translation from the World
- HUM 309-4 Literature and the Arts Across Cultures
Students are encouraged to study abroad, through field schools or exchanges. World literature major students may complete up to 15 upper division units at other universities or other universities' field schools and exchanges with prior approval. Submit the relevant course description to the world literature advisor well in advance of the course.
Graduation RequirementsTo complete the program, a minimum of 60 upper division units are required, with a minimum of 50 in world literature, and a 3.0 GPA.
** Please note that the information above reflects the most recent requirements in the SFU Calendar. Use the Program Planner for the year in which you declared your World Literature major, minor or honors.
Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements
Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.
|WQB Graduation Requirements
A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit.
|W - Writing||
|Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject|
|Q - Quantitative||
|Q courses may be lower or upper division|
|B - Breadth||
|Designated Breadth||Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci
|Additional Breadth||6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)|
Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit
The University’s residency requirement stipulates that, in most cases, total transfer and course challenge credit may not exceed 60 units, and may not include more than 15 units as upper division work.
In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.