2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
    May 30, 2024  
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Comparative Literature Major

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Comparative Literature Overview

Comparative Literature is a wide-ranging, multicultural program of studies in poetry, prose, drama, film and related arts. House in the Department of Language, Literature and Culture, Comparative Literature is by nature interdisciplinary and has strong ties to several other departments in the University.

For more information, please visit the Comparative Literature Department website.

Major Requirements

 The MAJOR in Comparative Literature consists of:

  1. Two courses in a foreign language at the intermediate level or above, or its equivalent as determined by the major’s adviser.
  2. Demonstration of a reading knowledge of a foreign language, as determined either by completion of a literature course in a foreign language above the intermediate level or approval the major adviser.
  3. Eight courses in literature, film or related arts selected in consultation with a department adviser from the offerings in several departments and programs including Foreign Languages, English, Art History, Screen Studies, and Theater Arts. These eight courses must include The National Imagination (CMLT 130) and a capstone course.

For honors in the comparative literature major, see the guidelines for honors in the foreign languages and literatures major. In order to be considered for honors in comparative literature, the student must take their cap stone course in the fall of their senior year and submit a proposal for their thesis project by December 1. They will then complete a senior honors thesis in the spring of their senior year.


Literature courses presented to demonstrate reading knowledge of a foreign language may be counted in this group of eight courses. No more than one foreign language course above the intermediate level taken to fulfill requirement 1 may be double-counted for fulfillment of requirement 3.

Comparative Literature Faculty

Maria Acosta Cruz, Ph.D. (Spanish)
Belén Atienza, Ph.D (Spanish)
Odile Ferly, Ph.D. (French)
Everett Fox, Ph.D. (Jewish Studies)
Beth Gale, Ph.D. (French)
SunHee Kim Gertz, Ph.D. (English)
Benjamin Korstvedt, Ph.D. (Music)
Stephen Levin, Ph.D. (English)
Juan Pablo Rivera, Ph.D. (Spanish)
Robert Tobin, Ph.D. (German)
Alice Valentine, M.A. (Japanese)

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