Program Requirements

Students interested in applying to the major in Comparative Literature should review the following set of guidelines and consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Comparative Literature. These guidelines aim to assist students in developing a balanced and cohesive interdisciplinary plan of comparative literary study.

The major in Comparative Literature is comprised of seven self-selected courses, two foundational courses in comparative literary theory and history, and two courses in comparative literature methods & topics, with a  BA project workshop serving as a capstone to the major.

  1. Prospective majors in Comparative Literature must complete the second-year sequence in a language other than English (for example: Persian, Kirgiz, Latin, Italian, etc.) or demonstrate language ability at an equivalent level through accreditation by the time they apply to the Comparative Literature program, typically by the end of the second year. Exceptions may be granted by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  2. Four courses in a primary field, or in closely-linked subject areas in more than one field. The primary field should be in every case literature in a language other than English.
  3. Three courses in a secondary field, or in closely-linked subject areas in more than one field. The secondary field may be literature in another language (including English), or else a discipline or area of intellectual interest (e.g. Math, Performance Studies, etc.) or literary theory, and must be cleared by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  4. Two foundational courses in comparative literary theory and methods are required, namely: CMLT 297o1, Introduction to Comparative Literature and CMLT 20109, Comparative Methods in the Humanities.
  5. Two 200-level special topics, methods, or theory courses in Comparative Literature. 
  6. The B.A. Project & Workshop, CMLT 29801, as a capstone in their last year of study. The project should be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and is supervised by a faculty member of the student's choice in Comparative Literature. It may be co-advised by a faculty member from another department. 

Summary of Requirements:

  • 4 courses in the primary literature
  • 3 courses in the secondary field or literature
  • 2 critical/intellectual methods courses (CMLT 29710 & 20109)
  • 2 additional special topics, theory, or methods courses in Comparative Literature (200-level or higher)
  • 1 B.A. project, concurrent with the workshop (CMLT 29801)