Administered by the Comparative Literature Committee, this interdisciplinary specialization gives students the opportunity to study literature from a global perspective, explore two or more national literatures, and focus on the following aspects of literary and cultural studies: periods, genres, theories, or relationships between literatures and other arts and disciplines.
At the master's level, there are majors in classical humanities, English, French, German, and Spanish with specializations in comparative literature. At the doctoral level, majors are offered in English and Spanish with specializations in comparative literature. Students specializing in comparative literature at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels must be admitted to the program in which they plan to major (e.g., English, Spanish). The graduate advisor of the program in comparative literature oversees the preparation of the comparative literature specialization.
Comparative literature candidates who are not international students should have completed sufficient language study to begin or continue graduate work in the literature of at least two languages. Inquiries concerning sound preparation for master's and doctor's level specializations in comparative literature should be addressed to the graduate advisor of the program in comparative literature.
At the master's level, students are required to take at least five courses for the specialization: at least two graduate literature courses in languages other than their major, and at least two graduate Comparative Literature (C LT) courses. The fifth course may be an interdisciplinary elective, approved by the graduate advisor of the comparative literature program. Degree plans must be approved by both the student's major advisor and the graduate advisor in comparative literature.
At the Ph.D. level, the specialization involves a minimum of six courses: at least two in Comparative Literature (C LT); at least three graduate courses must be taught in one or more foreign languages. The sixth course may be an interdisciplinary elective, approved by the graduate advisor of the comparative literature program. A student's program is supervised by a doctoral committee drawn up in consultation with the student's major advisor and the graduate advisor in comparative literature.
Comparative Literature Program
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