Faculty-Studies in World Literature

Studies in World Literature


Studies in World Literatures courses are conducted in English and use translations in English of literary texts originally written in another language. Most have no prerequisites and are open to all students.

Faculty members are from the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures. The courses carry diverse Common Area designations (e.g., Arts, Literature, Cross-Cultural Studies) and many also fulfill requirements for various interdisciplinary concentrations and multidisciplinary majors and minors (e.g., Africana Studies, Asian Studies, German Studies, Medieval-Renaissance Studies, Russian and Eastern European Studies, Women’s Studies).

Those courses carrying a course number specifically designated as STWL consist of a comparative study of texts from several cultural and/or linguistic communities. Those courses carrying a course number designating a specific language group — for example, CHIN, FREN, GERM, ITAL, RUSS, etc. — consist of a study of texts from a specific national tradition.

Major Requirements

To satisfy the requirement of the Studies in World Literatures major, students take a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 14 approved courses within the program. Because the STWL major emphasizes the points of connection among two or more traditions, students should select courses from a variety of programs and departments.

• One STWL designated course in literary or film studies. Students are encouraged to take this course as soon as possible after declaring the major.

• Five approved courses on the intermediate or advanced levels distributed as follows: two courses in the category of survey/theme; two courses in the category of genre/author; one course on the theory or philosophy of literature.

• Three approved electives in their area of interest.

• Students must also complete a capstone project in the form of an expository paper that is comparative in nature, focusing on either literature or film.

Up to two literature or film courses from a non-MLL Holy Cross department or an approved study abroad program may be counted toward the STWL major.

Major proposal

Upon declaration of the major, students will be required to submit the following:

• A list of proposed courses;

• A written explanation of their course choices and the subfocus of their major. At this point, depending on the focus and course work, students will be assigned an STWL faculty advisor.

Capstone proposal

Before beginning course work on the capstone project (no later than spring of a student’s junior year), students will be required to submit a written statement that describes the capstone project, identifies advisors and readers and outlines a timeline for the completion of the project.

For a complete list of courses that count toward the STWL major please see website: http://www.holycross.edu/academics/programs/studies-world-literatures.