Requirements Prior to Spring 2018
Below are the OLD major requirements for Comparative Literary Studies (active through Winter Quarter 2018). All students who have declared the major in Spring 2018 or later are required to complete the NEW major requirements. Current majors who declared earlier than Spring 2018 can choose to complete the old major OR new major. For guidance on choosing the best course path, please make an appointment to meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS).
Prior to SPRING 2018 Major Requirements (14 units)
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- 3 core COMP LIT courses chosen from 200, 201, 202, 205, 206, 207/PHIL 220, 211
- 2 courses in student’s first literature of which one is at the 300 level
- 2 courses in student’s second literature taught in the original language, of which at least one is at an advanced level (typically 300 level).
- This requirement may be modified with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies if the relevant department or program does not offer courses at that level. Students whose first literature is other than English can fulfill the requirement for second literature by taking two courses in English or American literature, at least one of which is at the 300 level.
- 1 course in a non-Western literature (either in translation or in the original)
- 2 COMP LIT courses at the 300 level
- 1 COMP LIT 398 Senior Seminar
- The senior seminar focuses on the writing of a substantial senior paper (often on the basis of a previous paper, written for another course). Students should determine the topic of their senior paper by the end of their junior year. The senior paper involves either the study of literary texts from different traditions or the study of of literature in its relation to other media, arts or disciplines. It is often in the student’s area of concentration and often involves the student’s first and/or second literature.
- 3 courses in an area of concentration of which one is a CLS course that serves as a gateway to the concentration.
- Concentration should be chosen by spring of junior year, in consultation with the DUS.
Examples of individual concentrations:
- Literature and Media: COMP LIT 202 or COMP LIT 206 plus 2 courses on media (in R/TV/F or in any of the literature departments)
- Critical Theory: COMP LIT 202 or COMP LIT 207/PHIL 220 plus 2 courses in theory (in CLS, other literature departments, or Political Science courses in political theory)
- Literature and Philosophy: COMP LIT 207/PHIL 220 plus 2 relevant courses in the Philosophy department
- Literature and the Arts: COMP LIT 375 plus 2 courses in music, art history, or theater and performance
- Translation Studies: COMP LIT 311 plus 2 courses dealing with the practice of translation or issues related to translation (in CLS or other departments)
- Advanced Comparative Literature: Students can fulfill the concentration requirement by taking 3 additional 300 level courses in their first or second literature, or in CLS, or in any mix thereof
- Gender, Sexuality, and Literature: COMP LIT 205 plus 2 courses on the representation of gender in literature and film from gender and sexuality studies or any literature department
*Students can create other areas of concentration in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.