Major & Minor Requirements

Degree Requirements

Comparative Literature

The major in Comparative Literature requires 27 units of coursework, 24 of them at the 300-level or above, including:

•         Comp Lit 211, World Literature (3 units)

•         Comp Lit 3050, Literary Modernities (3 units)

•         Seven additional courses in Comparative Literature at both the 300- and 400-levels (21 units).  With permission of the DUS, the student may substitute up to 6 units of appropriate foreign literature courses at the 300- or 400-level.

•          The major also requires completion of a capstone experience, described here. Students who are double majoring may elect to complete their capstone in the other major.  Students are encouraged to see their advisor to review their options.

Students in Comparative Literature are also expected to have had substantial college-level experience of foreign language study as indicated by completion of either one 400-level foreign language course or two 300-level courses.

Comparative Arts

The major in Comparative Arts requires 27 units of coursework, 24 of them at the 300-level or above, including:

21 units in Comparative Literature courses, which will include:

•         Comp Lit 211, World Literature (3 units)

•         Comp Lit 313E, Introduction to Comparative Arts (3 units)

•         Five additional courses in Comparative Literature at both the 300- and 400-levels (15 units) including at least one course on interrelations between literature and other art forms. With permission of the DUS, the student may substitute up to 6 units of appropriate foreign literature courses at the 300- or 400-level.

•          6 units of advanced study (300-level or above) in theoretical or historical courses in aesthetics, art history, dance, drama, film, or music. (Students with minors or majors in one of these fields may elect to substitute six units in Comparative Literature.)

•          The major also requires completion of a capstone experience, described here. Students who are double majoring may elect to complete their capstone in the other major.  Students are encouraged to see their advisor to review their options.

Students of Comparative Arts are also expected to have had substantial college-level experience of foreign language study as indicated by completion of either one 400-level foreign language course or two 300-level courses.  They are also expected to pursue course work in an applied art form -- music, fine arts, drama, dance, creative writing -- for 4 semesters. This course work need not be conducted at the 300 or 400 level.

Students should be aware that courses satisfying the major requirements in another department cannot also be counted in satisfaction of the major requirements in Comparative Literature or Comparative Arts.

Minor Requirements

Requirements for the Minor in Comparative Literature:

  • Comparative Literature 211, World Literature
  • Comparative Literature 3050, Literary Modernities
  • 3 more Comparative Literature courses at the 300- or 400-level

Minors in Comparative Literature are also expected to have had substantial college-level experience of foreign language study as indicated by completion of either one 400-level foreign language course or two 300-level courses.

Requirements for the Minor in Comparative Arts:

  • Comparative Literature 211, World Literature
  • Comparative Literature 313E, Introduction to Comparative Arts
  • 1 more Comparative Literature course at the 300- or 400-level
  • 6 units of advanced study (300-level or above) in theoretical or historical courses in aesthetics, art history, dance, drama, film, or music. (Students with minors or majors in one of these fields may elect to substitute six units in Comparative Literature.)

Minors in Comparative Arts are also expected to have had substantial college-level experience of foreign language study as indicated by completion of either one 400-level foreign language course or two 300-level courses.