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Comparative Literature

BA in Comparative Literature

The flexibility to combine courses from several national literatures and to study literature along with other disciplines is the hallmark of the Comparative Literature major. Students may also count courses which read literature in translation; however, a minimum of eight credits must come from upper-level (300- or 400-level) literature courses in a language other than English. You can find more information about the Comparative Literature program on the Comparative Literature website.

Total credits required to complete major: 38-46

Basic requirements - 26-30 credits

Requirement Credits
  CMLT 200 Reading Transnationally: (Subtitle) 4
  CMLT 499 Directed Study (Senior Thesis) 4
  One course in ENGL or Languages and Literatures with an emphasis on genre 3-4
  One course with an emphasis on theory in ENGL, ARTH, PHIL, or Languages and Literatures (e.g., PHIL 102, PHIL 330, PHIL 340, PHIL 375, HIST 220) 3-4
  Two upper-level (300- or 400- level) literature courses in a foreign language 6
  Two courses in period studies (ENGL or Languages and Literatures) 6-8

Electives - 12-16 credits

Four additional courses (ENGL, Languages and Literatures, and fields of interdisciplinary relevance to the student's interest)

Notes:

  • No more than 18 hours of coursework in literature in a foreign language may be applied to the major.
  • One of the courses in period studies should complement the period to be covered in the student's senior thesis.
  • At least two of the student's elective courses must be literature courses in ENGL or Languages and Literatures. (The other two may be drawn, under advisement, from fields of interdisciplinary relevance to the student's interest.)
  • Majors must successfully complete the self-reflective advising requirement. (Applies only to students who begin their program in fall 2014 or later.)
  • 3-credit courses transferred from other institutions may fulfill certain requirements above, but all students must successfully complete a minimum of 38 credits.
  • A grade of C- or above is required in any course applied to the program.

You can find more information about the Comparative Literature program on the Comparative Literature website.