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The Studies in World Literatures program, which is housed in the Modern Languages and Literatures department, supports students as they become critical and analytical thinkers with a global perspective.

Course Offerings

Studies in World Literatures offers a range of courses taught by specialized faculty. The program encourages students to take courses in an array of other departments — including classics, English, music, religious studies, and theatre — emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of literature. These courses are in addition to the literature, history, and film related offerings of the programs available through Modern Languages and Literatures department (such as the Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and American Sign Language and Deaf Studies programs), which are often taught in the respective language.

Capstone Project

As a culmination of the major, students complete a capstone project comparing literature from two distinct textual traditions from African, Asian, Caribbean, or European cultures. Students, who may also choose to focuses their capstone on film, work with a faculty advisor in conjunction to taking a senior tutorial. Through the semester-long capstone project, students conduct sophisticated research that calls upon the critical skills and global perspectives they have acquired over the course of their major. 

Beyond the Classroom

Students have the opportunity to augment their unique study of world literatures and cultures with first-hand experience through the many study abroad programs offered at Holy Cross. Yearlong, semester-long, and summer programs are offered in sites across Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.