Comparative Literature Requirements
Each student in Comparative Literature will put together her or his program with the guidance of two faculty from the two programs or departments and the director of the Comparative Literature Program. The basic structure of the program is as follows:
1. One primary foreign language AND
2. One year of a secondary foreign language OR English/American Literatures
1. CMLT 0101;
2. Three content classes in the primary language, including 2 literary classes and 1 cultural class (e.g. cinema, politics). The choice of particular classes requires the approval of the student’s three advisors. Students will also need approval for inclusion of study abroad classes in this category;*
3. One year of a second language (completion of 0103 in any language) to be taken before Senior Year, or 3 literature courses in the second language;
ENAM courses: 0201 or 0204; a second pre-1700 (Period I) elective; and two other electives; (These courses may double-count in the electives section)
4. One course in literary theory: suggested in sophomore year;
5. Study abroad required for all students studying a foreign language. Up to 4 courses can be taken abroad. All students studying abroad must take one class in their foreign language after their return;
6. Two electives explicitly comparative in nature. These literature courses may be taught in English. Examples: CLAS 0150; CLAS 0190; CMLT 0230; CMLT 0460; ENAM 0305; GRMN/CMLT 0333; ITAL/CMLT 0299. Suitable classes will be cross-listed and bear the prefix CMLT; and
7. Senior Work: Students will write a 35-page (article-length) comparative essay (advised independently). Students desiring to receive honors must also take a senior seminar in literature in their primary or secondary language.
*In the case of students whose primary language is Arabic, Chinese, Russian, or Japanese, some of these three content courses MAY be taught in English, depending on the availability of suitable courses in the language. Students should be aware that policies regarding acceptance of study abroad courses to satisfy requirements vary widely from department to department.