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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.

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

  • 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. World language (6 credits)

Take at least two courses in the same language (other than English) 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 language used to fulfill the world language requirement. These must be literature or culture courses.

This major welcomes study abroad. 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 or Word document.

Minor in World Literature

The World Literature minor requires 18 credits.

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 (typically offered in the fall)
Supporting courses in comparative literature (12 credits)
Take any four additional CMLIT courses; including at least 3 credits must be at the 400 level. Supporting courses in comparative literature should shape 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).