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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

Comparative Literature - Undergraduate

Chair: David LaGuardia

Professors  R. E. Biron (Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature), G. Gemünden (German, Comparative Literature), I. Kacandes (German, Comparative Literature), J. M. Kopper (Russian, Comparative Literature), L. D. Kritzman (French and Italian, Comparative Literature), D. P. LaGuardia (French and Italian, Comparative Literature), A. Lawrence (Film and Media Studies), G. Parati (French and Italian, Comparative Literature), B. Pastor (Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature), S. Spitta (Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature), M. R. Warren (Comparative Literature), D. Washburn (AMELL, Comparative Literature, Film and Media Studies); Associate Professors J. Aguado (Spanish and Portuguese), N. Canepa (French and Italian), M. Chaney (English), A. Coly (AAAS, Comparative Literature), G. Edmondson (English), L. Edmondson (Theater), V. Fuechtner (German), A. Gomez (Spanish and Portuguese), A. Halasz (English), Y. Komska (German, Comparative Literature), A. Martín (Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature), K. Mladek (German, Comparative Literature), M. Otter (English, Comparative Literature), I. Reyes (Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature), A. Tarnowski (French and Italian, Comparative Literature); Assistant Professors  S. Diaz, (Spanish and Portuguese), S. Munoz (Spanish and Portuguese),  J. Smolin (AMELL); S. Munoz (Spanish and Portuguese), Y. Elhariry (French and Italian); Senior Lecturer K. Milich (Liberal Studies), Lecturers P. Carranza (Spanish and Portuguese), J. C. Smolin (AMELL); Visiting Lecturer Emily Kane (Comparative Literature); Visiting Professor M. Salgueiro; Associate Professor Emerita M. Williamson (Classics, Comparative Literature)

*-Courses in Comparative Literature are designed to meet the needs of students whose literary interests are broader than those that can be met by the curriculum of any single department.


To view Comparative Literature Undergraduate courses, click here. 

To view Comparative Literature Graduate requirements, click here.

To view Comparative Literature Graduate courses, click here.



Requirements for the Major in Comparative Literature

The major seeks to provide an opportunity for selective and varied study of two or more literatures in their relation to each other, or for the study of a foreign literature in its relationship to an extraliterary discipline, such as film, music, or history (see the three options below). Each student’s major plan is designed individually around a particular focus of interest. Students planning to major in Comparative Literature will normally enroll in an Honors Program, which entails writing a thesis (60 to 80 pages) during their senior year in COLT 85.and COLT 87.  Students not writing a thesis will write a senior essay in COLT 85.  

The major is administered by the Comparative Literature Steering Committee. Students design their major plan in consultation with an advisor and the Chair, and must fill out an application form, available on the COLT website, describing their major, as well as the online declaration on DartWorks.  All applications to the major must be approved by the Steering Committee. Major cards can be signed only by the Chair. Students interested in becoming majors should consult the Chair well in advance of their intended declaration of a major.

Prerequisite for the major: any from among the COLT 10's.

Required courses: any from among the COLT 72's, COLT 85, and, for honors majors writing a thesis only, COLT 87.

COLT 85 (Senior Seminar) is required to fulfill the culminating experience requirement for students who do not meet the honor requirements, and COLT 85.and COLT 87 (Thesis Tutorial) for students meeting honors requirements.

Major Requirements:

Students have two options for structuring their major:

A. Comparative study of literature and culture in two languages. This typically includes 2-4 Comparative Literature courses above COLT 10, fluency in one language (3-4 upper level course, normally not English), and competence in a second language (1-2 upper level courses).

B. Comparative study of literature and culture in one language (normally not English) and one other non-literary discipline (e.g. music, film, art, history, geography, physics, etc).  This typically includes 2-4 Comparative Literature courses above COLT 10, fluency in one language (3-4 upper level courses), and substantive preparation in a non-literary discipline (3-4 upper level courses).