Comparative Literature Major

The comparative literature major is designed to allow students significant freedom in designing a major with a literary emphasis. It stresses foreign language skills and encourages students to approach literature from an interdisciplinary perspective. The department’s commitment to a vital engagement with literature and the arts, its encouragement of cross-disciplinary work and its strengths in the areas of modern theory and philosophy, cultural studies and translation studies create a distinctive context for an innovative humanities major.

Requirements

  • COLI 110, 111. World Literature I and II (or appropriate equivalents).
  • One comparative literature course at the 200 level or higher
  • Demonstration of foreign language proficiency. Requirement can be fulfilled either by completing one foreign language course beyond the third semester level (211, or 203 for Greek or Latin), or passing the foreign language evaluation exam offered by Comparative Literature.
  • Three courses in advanced (300 level or above) literature, art or related disciplines, courses do not need to be listed under Comparative Literature rubric, though they may be. Classes chosen on an individualized basis through consultation with undergraduate director.
  • The following three undergraduate seminars:

       a) COLI 371: Seminar I: The World, The Text, The Critic. Offered once per year.
       b) COLI 372: Seminar II: Works that Call Forth Thinking. Offered once per year.
       c)  COLI 481. Methodologies and Masterpieces Tutorial. Offered once per year.

    Honors: An honors thesis is not a requirement for the major, but is an option for eligible candidates to write a thesis with a director chosen from among the comparative literature faculty. In addition to counting as one of the three advanced courses, the thesis results in an honorary designation in the transcript if at least an A– was received. To be eligible, students must have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 for courses within the major. They may write their thesis in a single semester by enrolling in COLI 499, Honors Thesis, or may choose to devote a full year to the project (and have it count as two upper level electives) by initially enrolling in COLI 498.

To declare a major in comparative literature or for questions or inquiries, please contact the director of undergraduate Studies, Prof. Jeroen Gerrits

Comparative Literature Minor

Requirements

  • one 100-level course in Comparative Literature. 
  • one course in any foreign language, 215 or above (in case of Greek or Latin, 203 level or above)
  • COLI 481
  • Three courses in advanced (300 level or above) literature, art or related disciplines, courses do not need to be listed under Comparative Literature rubric, though they may be. Classes chosen on an individualized basis through consultation with undergraduate director.

Subject to approval by the undergraduate director, suitable courses in related areas may be substituted for any of the above, except COLI 481 and the foreign language.

To declare a minor in comparative literature or for questions or inquiries, please contact the director of undergraduate studies, Prof. Jeroen Gerrits.

Last Updated: 10/19/16