ENG 107 : Introduction to World Literature (Up to 16th-Century)

Introduces a broad spectrum of literature in translation that begins in antiquity and concludes at the dawn of the Renaissance. Includes works of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction. Examines the uniqueness and interconnectedness of literature from a variety of worldwide traditions, both western and non-western.

Instructors may choose an anthology, individual works, or both.  This course meets the requirements of a survey, emphasizing breadth over depth.


Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Identify and discuss the ways in which literary texts from different cultures and time periods up to the 16th-century are interconnected.
  • Analyze the effects of war, religion, technology, economic development, racism, and culture on world literature from antiquity up to the 16th-century.
  • Compare and discuss important similarities and differences between the various literary forms, periods, and histories in both western and nonwestern literatures up to the 16th-century.
  • Write clear, focused, coherent essays about literature for an academic audience, using standard English conventions of grammar and style.

Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/ASOT-B, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAOT.

Course Adoption Date

Course Revision Date





Grading Options

Letter Grades


Audit Available