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Requirements

 

Declaration of Major
The Major
The Minor
Restrictions
Double Major

Declaration of Major

To declare a major, it is recommended that students complete one course originating in the Department of Comparative Literature. As with other CAS majors, such a declaration must be made by students who have earned 64 or more points. Because of the rigorous academic requirements of Comparative Literature, however, students with fewer than 64 points are strongly encouraged to declare the major as early in their academic career as possible.

Special Note: Students planning on Junior Year/Term Abroad, must consult and declare with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Comparative Literature before their departure.

Major

The major has two tracks, each consisting of 10 4-point courses organized as follows:

Track 1: Literature.
This track includes the following courses:
  1. Four courses originating in the Department of Comparative Literature, including Introduction to Comp Lit and the Junior Theory Seminar.
  2. Four courses in a national literature department at the 100 level or above conducted in the language of that literature (including the prerequisite course).
  3. Two courses in a related cultural field or discipline. Fields could include history, art history, religion, philosophy, classics, politics, cinema studies, and so on and could also be another foreign language or literary area. If the national literature department selected for specialization is English, these two courses must be in a foreign language. The choice of these courses will be made in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to form a coherent intellectual field and a defined objective in the major.
Track 2: Literary and Cultural Studies. Track 2 includes the following requirements:
  1. Four courses originating in the Department of Comparative Literature, including Introduction to Comp Lit and the Junior Theory Seminar.
  2. Four courses in a related cultural field or discipline. Fields could include history, art history, religion, philosophy, classics, politics, cinema studies, and so on. The choice of these courses will be made in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to form a coherent intellectual field and a defined objective in the major.
  3. Two courses in a foreign literature department in the language of that literature, normally at the 100 level or above.
Generally, no course can count for both majors or for the minor and the major at the same time.

Minor

Four courses originating in the Department of Comparative Literature, including Introduction to Comp Lit, and advanced proficiency in one language other than English.

Generally, no course can count for both majors or for the minor and the major at the same time.

Restrictions for the Major/Minor

Step 1 of either Track 1 or Track 2 requires "Four courses originating in the Department of Comparative Literature . . ." as stated above. This is the department's minimum requirement and should be satisfied with courses taught on the Washington Square campus by the Department of Comparative Literature full time faculty.

Double Major

As a promoter of interdisciplinary work, the department encourages double majors between Comparative Literature and other departments. The possibility of pursuing a double major should be discussed with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Generally, no course can count for both majors or for the minor and the major at the same time.