Minor in World Literature

In keeping with the University's mission to provide an international curriculum, the world literature minor offers students (except those in the LAN and LIT curricula) an opportunity to broaden their perspectives on foreign cultures through the study of literature outside of the Anglo-American tradition. Students will also develop critical, analytical, and linguistic skills essential in today's job market. The minor offers choices from a broad range of courses in literature, in translation or in the original language, from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. World Literature courses are cross-listed in the Department of English and the Department of World Languages and Cultures.


  • This minor is open to NC State students except those in Language and Literature majors, or English majors with a Literature concentration. 
  • Proficiency in foreign language at the FL 202, LAT 202, GRK 202 or above.
  • 15 credit hours distributed as structured in the Required and Elective courses below .
  • No more than 6 credit hours can be transferred in towards the minor.
  • Have or maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor, with no courses grade lower than a ‘C-’.
  • Up to 2 courses may be counted towards both a departmental major’s and minor’s requirements. 
  • No courses may be taken for S/U credit to be applied towards the minor.

Required Courses (3 credit hours)

  • ENG/FL 221 Literature of the Western World or ENG/FL 222 Literature of the Western World II. 

Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

Choose 1 of the follolwing:

  • ENG/FL 221 Literature of the Western World I
  • ENG/FL 222 Literature of the Western World II
  • ENG/FL 223 Contemporary World Literature I 
  • ENG/FL 224 Contemporary World Literature II 

Choose 2 of the following: 

  • ENG/FL 394 Special Topics in World Literature 
  • ENG/FL 496 Seminar in Literary Criticism 

Choose 1 of the following: 

  • Any 300- or 400-level literature course outside of your major


Students can apply for admission to any university minor program in MyPack Portal. Admission will be based on the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review.

How to add a minor


The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Students can monitor their progress toward completing the minor by viewing their Minor Degree Audit online, anytime, in MyPack Portal. 

Questions regarding unmet course requirements on your Minor Degree Audit (indicated by a red ‘X’) should be directed to the Minor Coordinator, below.

Minor Coordinator

Dr. Larysa Mykyta
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