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(Archive) Comparative Literature (CMLIT)

Begin Date: Spring Semester 1994
End Date: Spring Semester 1999

Comparative Literature (CMLIT) - (ARCHIVE)


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 124 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.

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

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

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

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

(0-6 of these credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 18-24 credits

(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

(This includes 0-6 credits of GH and GA General Education courses.)

CMLIT 100 GH(3) (Sem: 1-4)
CMLIT 400W(3) (Sem: 5-8)

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

(Must include at least 12 credits at the 400 level)
(This includes 0-6 credits of GH and GA General Education courses.)
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.

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The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 1994

Blue Sheet Item #: 21-04-014

Review Date: 6/2/99 (General Education Update)


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