University Catalog 2024-2025

World Cultural Literacy (Minor)

In keeping with the University’s mission to provide an international curriculum, the World Cultural Literacy 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, with courses from History, History of Art, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Literature. Readings are in English translation, but original texts supplied on request. Many World Cultural Literacy courses are cross-listed in the Department of World Languages and Literatures and the English Department.


To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review.  This minor is open to all NC State students, except English majors in the Literature concentration (16ENGLBA I6ENGLLLT). To declare a World Cultural Literacy Minor, go to the Add a Minor page.


Students should declare the minor as soon as they have completed the first course for the minor, and complete their course work according to their minor degree audit, and the minor requirements. Students can monitor their progress toward completing the minor by viewing their Minor Degree Audit online, anytime, in MyPack Portal. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Questions regarding unmet course requirements on the Minor Degree Audit (indicated by a red ‘X’) should be directed to the Minor Coordinator, below. Students contact the Coordinator of Advising, once they have completed all of their courses for the minor, or during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State, in order to complete the final certification of the minor. Students will receive official recognition on their transcripts for the completed minor. 


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 departmental major requirements and/or requirements for additional minor(s).
  • 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 3
FL 211Introduction to the French-speaking World3
FL 216Art and Society in France3
FL/ENG 219Studies in Great Works of Non-Western Literature3
FL/ENG 220Studies in Great Works of Western Literature3
FL/ENG 221Literature of the Western World I3
FL/ENG 222Literature of the Western World II3
FL/ENG 223Contemporary World Literature I3
FL/ENG 224Contemporary World Literature II3
FL/ENG 246Literature of the Holocaust3
ENG 255Beyond Britain: Literature from Colonies of the British Empire3
FL/ENG 275Literature and War3
CLA 210Classical Mythology3
CLA 215The Ancient World in Modern Media3
CLA 320Masterpieces of Classical Literature3
CLA 325Gender, Ethnicity & Identity in the Ancient World3
FLA 318Egyptian Culture through Film3
FLA 351Modern Arab Popular Culture3
FLC 351Modern Chinese Popular Culture3
FLJ 342Classical Japanese Literature in Translation3
FLJ 344Early Modern Japanese Literature in Translation3
FLJ 345Modern Japanese Literature in Translation3
FLJ 351Contemporary Culture in Japan3
FLN 351Hindi-Urdu Popular Culture3
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 3
ENG/AFS 349African Literature in English3
FL/ENG 392Major World Author3
FL/ENG 393Studies in Literary Genre3
FL/ENG 394Studies in World Literature3
FL/ENG 406Modernism3
FL/ENG 407Postmodernism3
ENG 466Transatlantic Literatures3
ENG 492Special Topics in Film Styles and Genres3
FL 495Special Topics in Foreign Languages and Literatures1-6
FL/ENG 539Seminar In World Literature (requires permission)3

Related Cultural Courses

HA 201History of Art from Caves to the Renaissance3
HA 202History of Art From the Renaissance Through the 20th Century3
HA 298Special Topics in Art History3
HI 207Ancient Mediterranean World3
HI 208The Middle Ages3
HI 209From Renaissance to Revolution: The Origins of Modern Europe3
HI 210Modern Europe 1815-Present3
HI 214History and Archaeology of Ancient Latin America3
HI 215Colonial Latin America3
HI 216Modern Latin America3
HI 217Caribbean History3
HI 263Asian Civilizations to 18003
HI 264Modern Asia: 1800 to Present3
HI 270Modern Middle East3
HI 275Introduction to History of South and East Africa3
HI 276Introduction to History of West Africa3
HI 370Modern Egypt3
HI 371Modern Japan, 1850 to Present3
HI 374Visual Culture of Modern South Asia3
HI 400Civilization of the Ancient Near East3
MUS 200Understanding Music: Global Perspectives3
MUS 201Introduction to Music Literature I3
MUS 202Introduction to Music Literature II3
PHI 300Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 301Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 30219th Century Philosophy3
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 350Judaism3
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