The Comparative Literature Major

Undergraduates are attracted to the Comparative Literature major because it offers a program of study in world literatures and cultures, along with the opportunity to reach across disciplines. The study of literature and language in comparative contexts develops effective oral and written communication skills and broad humanities-based knowledge.

At the lower division, potential majors in Comparative Literature build a solid background in foreign languages by studying 2 years of one (or more) language(s) other than English. They also take 2 survey courses in Comparative Literature that cover a wide variety of literary works across periods, genres, and national traditions.

Once they have reached upper-division standing, majors in Comparative Literature need to complete 2 requirements (2 courses in Comparative Literature, CLIT 100: Introduction to Comparative literature or CLIT 101: Introduction to Literary and Critical Theory, and CLIT 198: Junior/Senior Seminar, or CLIT 198H: Senior Honors Seminar), and take 8 additional courses (or 32 units), 3 of which must be within the Comparative Literature program. Within such parameters, majors build a personally-satisfying sequence of courses, focused on the nature, function, and value of literature and culture in a broadly comparative context. They learn about diverse approaches to literary study, ancient and modern literary theory, and interdisciplinary methodologies to the study of world literatures.

Majors who choose the Interdisciplinary Emphasis further explore cross-disciplinary issues and relationships between literature and the visual or performance arts, or literature and social sciences, and literature and the sciences, such as psychology, mathematics, physics, biology, or geography. Majors who choose the Foreign Language Emphasis carry in-depth study of literature(s) in the original language(s).

Students choose their courses from the Comparative Literature program and Departments of languages, literatures, and cultural studies such as Black Studies; Chicana/o Studies; Classics; East Asian Studies; English; Film and Media Studies; French and Italian; Germanic and Slavic Studies; Religious Studies; Spanish and Portuguese; Theater and Dance.

Check the download area below for the requirements for:
The Comparative Literature Major, Foreign Language Emphasis;
The Comparative Literature Major, Interdisciplinary Emphasis.