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Comparative Literature (CMLIT) - Archive

ARCHIVED FILE (major and minor separated November 2001)
Begin Date: Spring Semester 1994
End Date: program current

Comparative Literature (CMLIT) - Archive

PROFESSOR CAROLINE D. ECKHARDT, Head

Approaching literature with a global perspective, the major in Comparative Literature crosses the boundaries of geography, time, nationalities, languages, and cultures. The world of literature taught draws upon readings from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The range includes recognized great books along with less-known works, texts that have received attention since ancient times and new texts by living writers, women's literature, myths and folktales, literary humor, African drama, Jewish fiction and poetry, Japanese and Chinese writing, works by Native Americans, and hero-tales such as the Arthurian legend. Students are challenged to appreciate different literatures, to learn about genres, themes, periods, and further concepts used in the critical analysis of literature, to situate literature within its cultural context, and to relate literature to other areas of creative experience, such as film. A senior seminar clarifies the mysteries of literary theory and provides opportunities for individual projects.

Students majoring in Comparative Literature take courses in the Department of Comparative Literature and in other literature departments. They also develop competence in a foreign language. Study abroad is encouraged: Students may count up to 18 Education Abroad credits toward the major.

Graduates of the Department of Comparative Literature have undertaken careers in teaching, completed advanced degrees in literature, librarianship, law, and similar fields, entered the Peace Corps or other types of government service, and pursued careers in writing and communications.

The department offers several minors (listed here) as well as the major in Comparative Literature.

For the B.A. degree in Comparative Literature, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

WORLD LITERATURE MINOR: Students must take CMLIT 400W(3) and select 15 credits in Comparative Literature (at least 3 of these credits at the 400 level), unified by topic, theme, period, or a similar principle, subject to approval of a faculty adviser, for the total of 18 credits. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

CHINESE LANGUAGE MINOR: Students must take CHNS 001(4), CHNS 002(4), CHNS 003(4); select 3 credits from CHNS 110(1), CHNS 296(1-18), CHNS 297(1-9), CHNS 299 DF(3-12); select 6 credits from CHNS 401(3), CHNS 402(3), CHNS 496(1-8), CHNS 497(1-9), or CHNS 499 DF(3-12), for a total of 21 credits. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

HEBREW MINOR: Students must take HEBR 001(4), HEBR 002(4), HEBR 003(4); select 3 credits from HEBR 110(3), HEBR 111(3), HEBR 199 DF(1-12), HEBR 296(1-18), HEBR 297(1-9), or HEBR 399 DF(1-12); select 6 credits from HEBR 401(3-6), HEBR 402(3-6), HEBR 496(1-18), HEBR 497(1-9), or HEBR 499 DF(1-12), for a total of 21 credits. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

JAPANESE LANGUAGE MINOR: Students must take JAPNS 001(4), JAPNS 002(4), JAPNS 003(4); select 3 credits from JAPNS 110(3), JAPNS 296(1-18), JAPNS 297(1-9), or JAPNS 299 DF(1-12); select 6 credits from JAPNS 401(3), JAPNS 402(3), JAPNS 496(1-18), JAPNS 497(1-9), or JAPNS 499 DF(1-15), for a total of 21 credits. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(6 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 24 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 36 credits[1]
(This includes 6 credits of GH General Education courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
CMLIT 100 GH(3) (Sem: 1-4)
CMLIT 400W(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 6 credits in literary traditions from CMLIT 001 GH(3), CMLIT 002 GH(3), CMLIT 003 GH;DF(3), CMLIT 004 GH;DF(3), CMLIT 005 GH;DF(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (24 credits)
(Must include at least 12 credits at the 400 level)
a. Select 6 credits in genre, period, theme courses from department list (Sem: 1-8)
b. Select 12 credits in literature from department list (6 credits in each of two departments) and/or in literature language, or culture courses offered through an Education Abroad Program with departmental approval (Sem: 1-8)
c. Select 6 credits in foreign language beyond the 12th-credit level (Sem: 1-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 1994

Blue Sheet Item #: 21-04-014

Review Date: 08/24/00 (General Education information updated)

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