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Studies in World Literatures

From the extravagant gatherings of Russian aristocracy to the post-colonial shores of the Caribbean, students in the Studies and World Literatures program explore the world and its cultures through the narratives of its peoples. The program is guided by the idea that literature is a universal phenomenon whose themes, forms, and movements transcend national, linguistic and historical boundaries.

Through a wide variety of courses, Studies in World Literatures (STWL) majors explore the human experience through reading, analyzing and comparing texts of varying national and cultural literary traditions. Students engage with topics that not only transcend cultural boundaries, but also disciplinary boundaries, as they are encouraged to explore the relationship between literature and other areas of study, such as religious studies, history, and political science. Students may also choose to study narratives through the medium of film, which the program regards as a visual text and art form. Students particularly interested in cinema studies may choose film as their focus within the STWL major. While studying the humanistic unity of literary expression, along with the unique codes and biases of different cultures, students can broaden their global perspectives even further through one of the many study abroad opportunities offered at Holy Cross.

Program Highlights

In addition to the diverse courses accepted by the program that are offered through other departments, majors in Studies in World Literatures take intermediate and advanced level courses categorized by survey, theme, genre, author, philosophical or literary theory. Some frequently offered courses include: 
  • Coming-of-Age: Writing Women in the 20th Century
  • Introduction to Post-Colonial Discourses
  • Introduction to French Cinema
  • Fairytale: Russia and the World
  • Exile and Cultural Production in Africa and the Caribbean

Studies in World Literatures News

Holy Cross Academic Conference 2017 to Showcase Student Work

Apr 21, 2017

As the academic year nears its end, more than 350 students will present the results of their independent work in the performing and visual arts, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences at the 2017 Academic Conference, taking place across campus …

Holy Cross Academic Conference to Showcase Student Work

Apr 22, 2016

As the academic year comes to an end, the College of the Holy Cross will celebrate the great and varied work accomplished by its students at the annual Academic Conference taking place across campus from April 27 through April 30. The four-day conference gives students from all class years the opportunity to present the results of their independent research and course work done in a variety of environments—from campus classrooms and libraries to within the Worcester community; from research labs and study abroad locations to art studios and field sites.

28 Holy Cross Students to be Inducted into Jesuit Honor Society

Oct 18, 2012

Twenty-eighty students from the class of 2013 at the College of the Holy Cross will be inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society, on October 28. Alpha Sigma Nu seeks out students at Jesuit institutions of higher learning …