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Undergraduate Major

The department of Comparative Literature offers a five-track curriculum:

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.



Candidates for honors in the comparative literature major must write an honors thesis with a director chosen from among the comparative literature faculty. 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 by enrolling initially in COLI 498, Honors Seminar, and then, in the second semester, in COLI 499. COLI 498 is not a prerequisite for COLI 499; it simply offers students the opportunity to undertake larger projects. Students should consult with the undergraduate director to determine which option will best serve their needs and interests. The designation of honors in comparative literature is awarded to students who receive a grade of at least A– for their honors theses.

Comparative Literature Minor


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.

For questions and inquiries, please contact the undergraduate director Jeroen Gerrits:

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Last Updated: 8/18/14