Requirements for the Major in Comparative Literature

The interdisciplinary major in Compa­rative Literature leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. All courses offered for the major must be taken for a letter grade. All upper-division courses offered for the major must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Completion of the major requires 33 credits.

A. Five core courses: 

1. Two introductory courses:

2. Theory Course / Upper-Division Writing Requirement:

    • CLT 301 (Note: For students whose first major is in Spanish Language and Literature, SPN 312 can be accepted for this requirement.)

      Upper-Division Writing Requirement: 

      For all majors, the term paper for required course CLT 301 is evaluated by the instructor for its quality of writing.  Students whose writing is satisfactory fulfill this requirement with that paper.  Students who do not fulfill the requirement in CLT 301 must submit to the major advisor a portfolio of papers written for subsequent upper-division courses taken for the major no later than the first semester of senior standing, and must achieve an evaluation of S (satisfactory) on the portfolio.  For further details, consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

3.  Senior Project:  

    • A directed study project (CLT 487 or, for students in the honors program, CLT 495) for graduating majors, to be arranged with the major advisor and an instructor of the student’s choice no later than the end of the first semester of senior standing. 

4.  Literature in the Original Language: at least one course from B (Area Electives) or C (Comparative Electives) below should fulfill this requirement for a course in literature in its original language (other than English).

B. Area Electives: three courses beyond the introductory level that explore literature of a specific regional or national area, chosen from the following:

AAS 320, AAS 321, AAS 322, AAS 326, AAS 327, AAS 332, CLL 215, CLS 225, CLT 220, CLT 235, CLT 266, CHI 412, CHI 421, CHI 422, EGL 200-level (except EGL 285 and EGL 286), EGL 300, EGL 302, EGL 304, EGL 306, EGL 310, EGL 312, EGL 314, EGL 316, EGL 318, EGL 320, EGL 321, EGL 322, EGL 340, EGL 342, EGL 344, EGL 345, EGL 346, EGL 347, EGL 348, EGL 349, EGL 350, EGL 352, EGL 354, EGL 360, EGL 361, EGL 362, EGL 363, EGL 364, FRN 395, FRN 396, FRN 433, FRN 434, FRN 435, FRN 436, GER 344, GER 402, GER 404, HUG 321, HUI 331, ITL 395, ITL 396, ITL 431, ITL 432, ITL 434, ITL 435, JDH 261, LAT 251, LAT 252, MVL 241, SPN 312, SPN 395, SPN 396, SPN 397, SPN 398, SPN 445

Note:  Most of the upper-division electives in other departments have prerequisites. Plan your program of study with this in mind and, if desired, consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies for help.

C. Comparative Electives: four upper-division courses, at least two from Group 1.

Group 1 (Literature): Courses that examine literature according to comparative methods (feminist and queer theories, colonialism, migration, or diaspora, race and ethnicity, cultural studies, etc.) 

AAS 305/EGL 305, AAS 328, AAS 331, AAS 473, AFH 329/HUF 318, AFH 330, AFH 368, AFH 379/PHI 379, AFH 385/HUF 385, AFH 390, AFH 391, AFH 417, CLT 330, CLT 331, CLT 332, CLT 333, CLT 334, CLT 361, CLT 362, CLT 363, CLT 371/PHI 371, CLT 391, CLT 392, CLT 393, CLT 394, EGL 333, EGL 367, EGL 368, EGL 369, EGL 371, EGL 372, EGL 373, EGL 374, EGL 375, EGL 376, EGL 377, EGL 378, EGL 379, EGL 389/AST 389, EGL 390, EGL 391, EGL 392, EGL 393, EGL 394, EGL 395, EGL 397, EGL 398, EGL 399, FRN 423/AFH 423, FRN 438, HUR 341, HUS 361, HUS 371, PHI 371, PHI 380, SPN 405, SPN 410, SPN 415, SPN 435, WST 315/CLL 315, WST 372, WST 382/EGL 382/AFH 382, WST 390, WST 391

Group 2 (Other Forms of Cultural Production): Courses that explore other forms of cultural production (cinema, visual art, music, performance, etc.).  

AMR 390, AMR 395, AMR 397, ARH 315, ARH 322, ARH 324, ARH 329, ARH 330, ARH 333, ARH 335, ARH 336, ARH 342, ARH 344, ARH 345, ARH 346, ARH 347, ARH 391, ARH 394, ARH 395, CCS 301, CCS 311, CCS 312, CCS 313, CCS 324/MUS 324, CCS 390, CCS 391, CCS 392, CCS 393, CCS 394, CCS 395, CCS 396, CCS 397, CDT 317, CDT 318, CDT 341, CLT 335, HUI 338, MUS 300, MUS 307, MUS 308, MUS 310, MUS 311, MUS 314, MUS 320, SPN 405, SPN 420, THR 312, THR 313, THR 315, THR 316, THR 334, THR 344, THR 354, THR 403

Note:  Most of the upper-division electives in other departments have prerequisites. Plan your program of study with this in mind and, if needed, consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies for help.

Honors Program

Students who have maintained a grade point average of 3.50 in the major and 3.00 overall may seek a degree in Comparative Literature with honors.

Honors students must use CLT 495 to fulfill their senior project requirement.

The honors program requires one of the following options in addition to the requirements of the major.

  • A second course in literature in the original language used for Requirement 4, Literature in the Original Language.
  • Study of a language other than that used for Requirement 4 through the intermediate level.
  • Fulfillment of the requirements for the minor in a cognate discipline (to be approved by the major advisor; minors in language or literature recommended).

Requirements for the Minor

The minor in Comparative Literature is designed especially to interest students majoring in a foreign language, English, and other humanities fields.  It provides a broad overview of the theory and techniques of comparative study, and an opportunity for the student to bring comparative breadth to his or her major field of study.  

Completion of the minor requires 18 credits.

A. Three core courses: 

  • CLT 101
  • CLT 301 (Note: For students whose first major is in Spanish Language and Literature, SPN 312 can be accepted towards this requirement)
  • Literature in the original language: at least at least one course from B (Area Electives) or C (Comparative Electives) below should fulfill this requirement for a course in literature in its original language (other than English).

B.  Area Electives:  two courses beyond the introductory level that explore literature of a specific regional or national area, chosen from the following: 

AAS 320, AAS 321, AAS 322, AAS 326, AAS 327, AAS 332, CLL 215, CLS 225, CLT 220, CLT 235, CLT 266, CHI 412, CHI 421, CHI 422, EGL 200-level (except EGL 285 and EGL 286), EGL 300, EGL 302, EGL 304, EGL 306, EGL 310, EGL 312, EGL 314, EGL 316, EGL 318, EGL 320, EGL 321, EGL 322, EGL 340, EGL 342, EGL 344, EGL 345, EGL 346, EGL 347, EGL 348, EGL 349, EGL 350, EGL 352, EGL 354, EGL 360, EGL 361, EGL 362, EGL 363, EGL 364, FRN 395, FRN 396, FRN 433, FRN 434, FRN 435, FRN 436, GER 344, GER 402, GER 404, HUG 321, HUI 331, ITL 395, ITL 396, ITL 431, ITL 432, ITL 434, ITL 435, JDH 261, LAT 251, LAT 252, MVL 241, SPN 312, SPN 395, SPN 396, SPN 397, SPN 398, SPN 445

Note: Most of the upper-division electives in other departments have prerequisites. Plan your program of study with this in mind and, if needed, consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies for help.

C. Comparative Electives: two upper-division courses, at least one from Group 1.

 Group 1 (Literature): Courses that examine literature according to comparative methods (feminist and queer theories, colonialism, migration, or diaspora, race and ethnicity, cultural studies, etc.) 

AAS 305/EGL 305, AAS 328, AAS 331, AAS 473, AFH 329/HUF 318, AFH 330, AFH 368, AFH 379/PHI 379, AFH 385/HUF 385, AFH 390, AFH 391, AFH 417, CLT 330, CLT 331, CLT 332, CLT 333, CLT 334, CLT 361, CLT 362, CLT 363, CLT 371/PHI 371, CLT 391, CLT 392, CLT 393, CLT 394, EGL 333, EGL 367, EGL 368, EGL 369, EGL 371, EGL 372, EGL 373, EGL 374, EGL 375, EGL 376, EGL 377, EGL 378, EGL 379, EGL 389/AST 389, EGL 390, EGL 391, EGL 392, EGL 393, EGL 394, EGL 395, EGL 397, EGL 398, EGL 399, FRN 423/AFH 423, FRN 438, HUR 341, HUS 361, HUS 371, PHI 371, PHI 380, SPN 405, SPN 410, SPN 415, SPN 435, WST 315/CLL 315, WST 372, WST 382/EGL 382/AFH 382, WST 390, WST 391

Group 2 (Other Forms of Cultural Production):  Courses that explore other forms of cultural production (cinema, visual art, music, performance, etc.). 

AMR 390, AMR 395, AMR 397, ARH 315, ARH 322, ARH 324, ARH 329, ARH 330, ARH 333, ARH 335, ARH 336, ARH 342, ARH 344, ARH 345, ARH 346, ARH 347, ARH 391, ARH 394, ARH 395, CCS 301, CCS 311, CCS 312, CCS 313, CCS 324/MUS 324, CCS 390, CCS 391, CCS 392, CCS 393, CCS 394, CCS 395, CCS 396, CCS 397, CDT 317, CDT 318, CDT 341, CLT 335, HUI 338, MUS 300, MUS 307, MUS 308, MUS 310, MUS 311, MUS 314, MUS 320, SPN 405, SPN 420, THR 312, THR 313, THR 315, THR 316, THR 334, THR 344, THR 354, THR 403

Note: Most of the upper-division electives in other departments have prerequisites. Plan your program of study with this in mind and, if needed, consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies for help.