Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts


We see teaching as a crucial component of the development of scholarship. All our students teach, often beginning their careers at Penn State as teaching assistants for large undergraduate courses taught by faculty, and ending them as teachers of their own upper-level courses in literature. Along the way students can expect to gain experience teaching in their relevant professional languages, and to have opportunities to teach in summer residential and online courses. All our students finish their time at Penn State with a record of teaching that showcases both their experience and their versatility. To see the Instructor Handbook please reference the Graduate Handbook.

(Our students also teach as appropriate in related departments, including English rhetoric and composition, and various language courses.)

In recent years our graduate students have taught the following courses.

  • CMLIT 001, Intro to Western Literature through the Renaissance                            
  • CMLIT 003, Intro to African Literatures
  • CMLIT 004, Introduction to Asian Literatures
  • CMLIT 005, Introduction to Literatures of the Americas
  • CMLIT 010, Introduction to World Literature
  • CMLIT 011, The Hero/Heroine in World Literature 
  • CMLIT 013, Virtual Worlds
  • CMLIT 100, Introduction to Comparative Literature
  • CMLIT 101, Identity in World Literatures; Race, Gender, and Other Issues of Diversity
  • CMLIT 105, Literary Humor                                                                          
  • CMLIT 106, The Arthurian Legend                                                   
  • CMLIT 108, Myths and Mythologies of the Non-Western World      
  • CMLIT 109, Myths, Legends, and Literatures of Native American Cultures 
  • CMLIT 120, Literature of the Occult                                                                        
  • CMLIT 131, Crime & Detection
  • CMLIT 143, Human Rights & World Literature
  • CMLIT 153, International Literatures and Film         
  • CMLIT 184, The Short Story                                                             
  • CMLIT 403, Latina/o Literature and Culture
  • CMLIT 435, Cultures of Globalization
  • CMLIT 446, Postcolonial Lit and Culture
  • CMLIT 453, Film and Literature