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The Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature

A B.A. degree in Comparative Literature requires 36 credits, of which 6 may be double-counted with your General Education requirements, one course in GH and one course in GA.

We have recently revised the requirements for the comparative literature major.

Guidelines for students who declared AFTER AUGUST 2010

   1. Core courses in world literature, methodology, and theory (12 credits)

        Take all of the following:

                        CMLIT 010: World Literatures
                        CMLIT 100: Reading Across Cultures
                        CMLIT 400Y: Senior Seminar in Literary Theory and Criticism
                        CMLIT 4XX: Any 400-level CMLIT course

Note: 12 of the 24 credits in categories 2 and 3 below must be at the 400 level.

   2. Foreign language (6 credits)

        Take at least two courses in the same foreign language beyond the 003 level.

   3. Supporting courses in comparative literature and related areas (18 credits)

Up to 12 credits may be taken in English or in the department of the foreign language used to fulfill the foreign language requirement. These must be literature courses.

With departmental approval, up to 12 credits may be applied from a study abroad program.

A minimum of 6 credits must be in CMLIT courses. Supporting courses in comparative literature should be taken with an eye toward shaping a coherent program focused on a region of the world (Asia; Africa; Europe; the Americas), a historical period (medieval; the 19th century), a particular literary form (drama; the novel; poetry), or a specific theme (detective fiction; women writers; transnational identities; literature and the arts; and so on).

A checklist of these requirements is available as a PDF file.

The Minor in World Literature

The World Literature minor requires 18 credits. We have recently revised the requirements for the comparative literature minor.

Guidelines for students who declared AFTER AUGUST 2010

1. Core courses in world literature, methodology, and theory (6 credits)
                        CMLIT 010: World Literatures OR CMLIT 100 Reading Across Cultures
                        CMLIT 400Y: Senior Seminar in Literary Theory and Criticism

2. Supporting courses in comparative literature (12 credits)

Take any four additional CMLIT courses. Note that at least 3 of these 12 credits in supporting courses must be at the 400 level. Supporting courses in comparative literature should be taken with an eye toward shaping a coherent program focused on a region of the world (Asia; Africa; Europe; the Americas), a historical period (medieval; the 19th century), a particular literary form (drama; the novel, poetry), or a specific theme (detective fiction; women writers; transnational identities; literature and the arts; and so on).

To apply for the minor, please print and complete the minor application form and bring it to 202D Burrowes (Jamie Liner). If you have questions, please schedule an appointment with the Academic Advisor, Julianna Chaszar, via the following link: http://www.la.psu.edu/advising-appt/.

Department of Comparative Literature
The Pennsylvania State University
215 Ritenour Building | University Park, PA 16802
phone: 814.863.0589 | fax: 814.863.8882 | email: cmlit@psu.edu


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