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CPLIT-MIN - Comparative Literature (Minor)

Comparative Literature Undergraduate Matriculated

Program Overview

The undergraduate program in Comparative Literature aims to develop students’ verbal and written communication skills, their ability to read analytically and critically, and their global knowledge of literary cultures and the specific properties of literary texts. The program allows students to study imaginative literature with several methods and consciousness of methodology.

A Comparative Literature major prepares a student as a reader and interpreter of literature through sophisticated examination of texts and the developing of a critical vocabulary with which to discuss them. Along with providing core courses that introduce students to significant literary phenomena in a comparative frame, the program of study accommodates the interests of students in areas such as specific regions, historical periods, and interdisciplinary connections between literature and other fields such as philosophy, music, the visual arts, gender, and queer theory, and race and ethnicity. Attention to verbal expression and interpretive argument serves students who will proceed into careers requiring strong language and communication skills and cross-cultural knowledge of the world.

Minor in Comparative Literature

The undergraduate minor in Comparative Literature represents a condensed (22-unit minimum) version of the major. It is designed for students who cannot pursue the major but seek an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of literature.

Declaring the Minor

Students declare a minor in Comparative Literature through Axess. Students should meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss appropriate courses and options within the minor and to plan the course of study. The minor plan is administered through the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL) undergraduate student services office in Pigott Hall, room 128.