Literary Theory, Criticism, and Aesthetics Graduate Minor

Minor Graduate Program HeadThomas Beebee
Program CodeLITTH
Campus(es)University Park
The Graduate Faculty


This is an interdisciplinary doctoral minor that is administered by two designated advisers, one from the Department of Comparative Literature and one from the Department of Philosophy. Students who are admitted to the minor will develop courses of study suited to their special interests.

Minor Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements for minors in Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-600 Research Degree Policies and GCAC-700 Professional Degree Policies.

The minor for each student will be planned jointly by the student and the two advisers, in consultation with the student's doctoral adviser in his or her major field. Any change in the plan must be approved by all of the advisers. A minimum of 15 credits must be selected from among the following courses (including at least 3 credits each in comparative literature and philosophy, chosen from the asterisked courses):

ARTH 410Taste and Criticism in Art3
CAS 503Rhetorical Criticism3
CAS 505Historical Development of Rhetorical Theory3
CAS 507Issues in Rhetorical Theory3
CMLIT 502Comparative Criticism I: Classical to Neoclassical *1-3
CMLIT 503Comparative Criticism II: Romantic to Contemporary *1-3
CMLIT 580Contemporary Literary Theory3
ENGL 582Survey of Contemporary Literary Theory3
ENGL 583Studies in Critical Theory1-3
FR 571French Literary Theory and Criticism3
GER 591German Literary Theory and Criticism3-6
PHIL 413Seminar in Philosophy of Literature3
PHIL 502European Philosophy Seminar3
PHIL 516Aesthetic Seminar *3
SPAN 587Stylistic and Literary Criticism3

3 credits of SUBJ 596 in one of the nine subject areas indicated may be substituted for one of the non-asterisked 3-credit courses.

A student majoring in one of the nine subject areas may not include any courses in that field as part of the minor. Appropriate courses may be substituted.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.


Campus University Park
Graduate Program Head Thomas Oliver Beebee
Program Contact

Thomas Oliver Beebee
311 Burrowes
University Park PA 16802
(814) 863-4935

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