World Cultural Literacy (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

In keeping with the University’s mission to provide an international curriculum, the World Literature minor offers N.C. State students (excluding English majors in Literature concentration) an opportunity to study literature and cultures outside the Anglo-American tradition. Students will develop critical and analytical skills and enhance the global perspective essential in today’s job market. The minor offers choices from a range of courses that include film, animation, illustrations, texts, lyrics, and popular cultural references. Readings are in English translation, but original texts supplied on request. Many World Cultural Literacy courses are cross-listed in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the English Department. This minor is open to all NC State students, except English majors in the Literature concentration (16ENGLBA I6ENGLLLT). 

Admissions and Certification of Minor

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. 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.


Dr. Meredith Fosque
418 Withers

SIS Code: 16WLM

Plan Requirements

  • This minor is open to NC State students, except 16ENGLBA, 16ENGLLT (Literature Concentration) majors.
  • Completion of 15 credit hours.
  • Students may transfer in no more than six (6) hours of courses toward the minor.
  • Must have an overall 2.0 GPA in the minor and may count no course grade lower than a ‘C-‘.
  • A maximum of TWO (2) courses may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.
  • No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.

Courses (15 credit hours)

  • At least two (2) courses at or above the 300 level from the World Cultural Literacy list (6 credit hours) 
  • Two (2) additional courses chosen from the World Cultural Literacy list (6 credit hours)
  • One (1) course from the Related Cultural Courses list, from the disciplines of Art History, History, Music, Philosophy, or Religious Studies. Choices must follow non Anglo-American parameters


  • No language courses are required. However, one FL_ 200 level or above may count towards minor electives with approval.
  • Courses to be chosen from the approved World Cultural Literacy Courses list and the Related Cultural Courses list; however, the minor advisor may approve exceptions, dependent on course content.

World Cultural Literacy Courses

FL 210Global Literature and Culture
FL 211Introduction to the French-speaking World
FL 216Art and Society in France
FL/ENG 219Studies in Great Works of Non-Western Literature
FL/ENG 220Studies in Great Works of Western Literature
FL/ENG 221Literature of the Western World I
FL/ENG 222Literature of the Western World II
FL/ENG 223Contemporary World Literature I
FL/ENG 224Contemporary World Literature II
FL/ENG 246Literature of the Holocaust
ENG 255Beyond Britain: Literature from Colonies of the British Empire
FL/ENG 275Literature and War
CLA 210Classical Mythology
CLA 215The Ancient World in Modern Media3
CLA 320Masterpieces of Classical Lit
CLA 325Gender, Ethnicity & Identity in the Ancient World3
FLC 351Modern Chinese Popular Culture
FLJ 342Classical Japanese Literature in Translation
FLJ 344Early Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
FLJ 345Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
FLJ 351Contemporary Culture in Japan
FLR 303Russian Literature in Translation: The Nineteenth Century3
FLR 304Russian Literature in Translation: The Twentieth Century3
FLR 318Russian Cinema and Society3
ENG 329Language in Globalization
ENG/AFS 349African Literature in English
FL/ENG 392Major World Author
FL/ENG 393Studies in Literary Genre
FL/ENG 394Studies in World Literature
FL/ENG 406Modernism
FL/ENG 407Postmodernism
ENG 466Transatlantic Literatures
ENG 492Special Topics in Film Styles and Genres
FL 495Special Topics in Foreign Languages and Literatures
FL/ENG 539Seminar In World Literature (requires permission)

Related Cultural Courses

HA 201History of Art from Caves to the Renaissance
HA 202History of Art From the Renaissance Through the 20th Century
HA 298Special Topics in Art History
HI 207Ancient Mediterranean World
HI 208The Middle Ages
HI 209From Renaissance to Revolution: The Origins of Modern Europe
HI 210Modern Europe 1815-Present
HI 214History and Archaeology of Ancient Latin America
HI 215Colonial Latin America
HI 216Modern Latin America
HI 217Caribbean History
HI 263Asian Civilizations to 1800
HI 264Modern Asia: 1800 to Present
HI 270Modern Middle East
HI 275Introduction to History of South and East Africa
HI 276Introduction to History of West Africa
HI 370Modern Egypt
HI 371Modern Japan, 1850 to Present
HI 374Visual Culture of Modern South Asia
HI 400Civilization of the Ancient Near East
MUS 200Understanding Music: Global Perspectives
MUS 201Introduction to Music Literature I
MUS 202Introduction to Music Literature II
PHI 300Ancient Philosophy
PHI 301Early Modern Philosophy
PHI 30219th Century Philosophy
PHI 310Existentialism3
PHI 401Kant's Critique of Pure Reason3
REL 210Religious Traditions of the World3
REL 230Asian Religions3
REL 311Introduction to the Old Testament3
REL 312Introduction to the New Testament3
REL 317Christianity3
REL 331The Hindu Tradition3
REL 332The Buddhist Traditions3
REL 333Chinese Religions3
REL 334Japanese Religions3
REL 340Islam3
REL 350Introduction to Judaism3
REL 383Religion, Globalism, and Justice3
REL 407Islamic History to 17983
REL 408Islam in the Modern World3
REL 412Advanced Readings in the Christian Gospels3
REL 413The Life and Letters of the Apostle Paul3