The Comparative Literature major is interdepartmental and individualized. Students who choose to major in Comparative Literature have the flexibility to work with faculty in several departments, and to pursue study abroad. Majors take a capstone seminar in the fall semester of their senior year, and they have an option to write an Honors Thesis.
The major in Comparative Literature requires students to complete training in at least one foreign language, necessary for the study of foreign literature courses at the 300 level and beyond. Students are required to take a minimum of 33 credits, distributed according to the following plan:
• 24 credits. A complementary grouping of literature courses at the 300 level or above in a minimum of two languages (one of which may be English). At least 12 credits are required in each literature.
• If a student chooses to work in English as one of the chosen languages, then a maximum of 18 credits of CL courses may be applied to the major, of which the maximum number of credits at the 200-level is six. Students may also combine with CL courses other elective courses in the national literature departments and related fields, in consultation with a major advisor.
• 3 credits. CL 495: Senior Seminar is the capstone course required for all students in the major.
• 6 credits. CL courses at the 200 level or above.
Within these general guidelines, there is much room for individualization to according to student interests. In consultation with a major advisor, students design their own focus and sequence of courses.
For more information, see our Handbook for Undergraduate Majors. We encourage interested students to visit the Comparative Literature office in 2021 Tisch, to talk with one of our major advisors.