Bachelor On Campus

World Literature

Smith College

48 months
53940 USD/year
53940 USD/year
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The major in World Literatures at the Smith College enables students to learn languages and engage with at least two literary and cultural traditions studied in their original languages or in translation.


World Literature majors at the Smith College explore images, ideas and aesthetic forms that travel the world. They also come to recognize deep cultural contrasts: to see that birth, love, community, happiness and death are all experienced and represented differently from region to region and era to era. In these ways, they start to see their own culture differently in the light of the new ones they encounter.

Learning Goals

Students will become sophisticated readers of texts whether literary or not. As such they will be able to: 

  • Identify rhetorical devices from the highly ornate to the “dormant” metaphor
  • Identify the tone of a work—satiric, epic, tragic, etc.
  • Distinguish levels of meaning within a work

Students will be able to think comparatively and express their thoughts in cogent prose. As such they will be able to:

  • Compare literary passages by identifying their formal features
  • Situate a given text in its historical and comparative context
  • Build a coherent argument
  • Use theoretical writings to underpin their readings of a text
  • Reflect on what literature is and compare it to other type of discourses
  • Correctly cite sources

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative Literature
  • Journeys in World Literature
  • Western Classics: Homer to Dante
  • Western Classics: Cervantes to Tolstoy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Smith Writing Supplement
  • Secondary School Report, including official high school transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Evaluation Forms
  • Official SAT I, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or the Duolingo English Test/*DET*
  • Early Decision Agreement (if applicable)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    53940 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53940 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    53940 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53940 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.


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