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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

World Literature Minor

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Dr. Debali Mookerjea-Leonard, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-3751
Email: mookerdx@jmu.edu

The undergraduate minor in world literature provides students with a chance to study literature from Africa, Australasia, Latin America, Middle East, Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, and a special interest area (Native America, African America, Asian America, Caribbean, and sections of Continental Europe). By offering a broad yet substantial introduction to literatures produced beyond their traditional Anglo-American experience, the minor provides students with a bridge to new cultures and languages. Through a careful examination of literary traditions produced elsewhere, 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 the 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 (FLLC) 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.

All texts and instruction for courses from the Department of English and for 200-level and 400-level courses from the FLLC. All other courses offered by FLLC are taught in the target language, allowing students to study literature in the original language.

When designing their plan of study, students should note that the gateway course and one 200-level course in foreign languages and literatures can count toward general education or major requirements, but no other courses in the minor program can. Students must take course work from the FLLC component in two or more language-literatures (e.g., French and Spanish or German and Russian). The program coordinator and the head of each of the sponsoring departments will have a list of world literature courses at the time of registration. Students should consult the program coordinator about new courses and appropriateness of topics of special studies/special topics courses. Some of these courses may include several sections per term (e.g., HUM 200 . Great Works) and only those sections indicated in the schedule of classes will satisfy the world literature requirement.

Required Courses

Choose courses out of at least three of the following areas:

Students should consult the coordinator for a list of courses available in each area.

  • Africa
  • Australasia
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Central Asia
  • East Asia
  • South Asia

Special Interest Area (European Literature, African American Literature, Native American
Literature, Caribbean Literature)1


1 Students should consult the coordinator for a list of courses available in each area.

Total: 21 Credit Hours

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