World Literature

World Literature Minor
World Literature is a component of comparative literature, a discipline of literary studies that explores exciting approaches to literature and culture in a global context. It also examines global media (print, visual, electronic), and engages with questions of ethics, human rights, and the real world contexts of literary and cultural production.
Degree Types: Minor

About the Program

You might like this program if…

  • You are curious about other cultures beyond your own and want to learn to think critically and creatively about cultural difference and convergence in our interconnected world.
  • You want to acquire important skills such as analytical writing, argumentation, and communication in an international context.
  • You are interested in acquiring knowledge of a second language and/or culture, which is a key component to success in the global economy.


  • Literary Criticism and Theory
  • World Literatures
  • Reading Across Cultures
  • Comparative Literature

Out-of-Classroom Experiences

Students in CAMS/HIST 199 Roman Cities at Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, Italy in June 2022
United Kingdom

Post-Graduation Opportunities

  • Graduate school to study literary studies, law, or library science
Education, Government, International Business, Museum Acquisitions, Public Relations

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This program is housed in the Department of Comparative Literature
 at Penn State University Park.
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