LSA Course Guide Search Results: UG, Fall 2020, Subject = COMPLIT

Courses in Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature is a Humanities discipline with global concerns and global commitments. Every Comparative Literature instructor speaks and studies multiple languages. Though all Comparative Literature courses are taught in English, the approach is always shaped by the instructor’s immersion in more than one language and more than one cultural tradition. 

Comparative Literature studies literatures and cultures across borders of language, geography, and time. We cultivate curiosity and creativity in teaching and learning. In our

classes you will read works of literature translated from many world languages; you’re likely to think critically about translation as a practice, too. You may also study film, visual art, music, philosophy, world popular culture, and critical theory. 

We offer  a Comparative Literature major, a Minor in Critical Translation Studies and a wide range of courses at all levels of the curriculum. 

Comparative Literature courses reflect the wide diversity of our faculty’s interests. Our classes are open to students from other departments in LSA, and from other units across the university. We welcome transfer students in our classes and in our flexible major and minor.

Our curriculum examines world literatures from different points of view and at all levels. https://lsa.umich.edu/complit/undergraduates/courses/curriculum-overview.html

If you are curious about what we do and teach, we recommend that you take one of our introductory courses. For example, you may take a section of COMPLIT 122 (Writing World Literatures) to meet the LSA First Year Writing Requirement. Or you may choose COMPLIT 140 (First Year Literary Seminar) which is especially designed to give first year students the experience of a seminar taught by a faculty member. For introductory lecture courses, we highly recommend COMPLIT 100, “Global X” (sample topics: Global Apocalypse, Global Zombies, Global Metamorphoses) or COMPLIT 222, “Great Books in World Literatures.”

In addition, the Department of Comparative Literature offers courses at the 300 and 400 level. For example: “Literature and Identity,” “Literature and the Body,” “Literature and Other Disciplines.” Offerings vary every semester!

Attendance and Waitlist Policies for the Department of Comparative Literature


Please remember that you must attend BOTH the first and second class meetings in order to secure your position on the class roster. Failure to attend either meeting may result in your being dropped from the course.


Students are strongly encouraged to use the waitlist for any closed course. Students should register on the waitlist according to their preferred section AND attend the first class. Departmental staff monitor enrollment and work with Faculty to apply appropriate departmental policies to determine which, if any, students are accepted into the class. Priority on the waitlist may be determined not by sequential order but by the Departmental policies indicated here: https://lsa.umich.edu/complit/undergraduates/courses/waitlists---permissions.html.

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