The Bachelor of Arts in Comparative World Literature has three emphasis options: Language and Literature, World Literature, and Cultural Studies.
Emphasis I: Language and Literature
The traditional undergraduate major in Comparative Literature, designed to prepare the student for graduate study in Comparative Literature or related fields, with a 24 unit core and two 12 unit concentrations.
1. Core Courses (24 units distributed as follows):
2. The First Concentration. 12 upper-division units in one foreign language, six of which must be in literature classes. If a language is chosen which offers a limited number of courses, some lower-division units will suffice, but they must be, as a minimum, the equivalent of four semesters of college study.
3. The Second Concentration. 12 upper-division units in any one of the following areas: American Indian Studies, Art History, Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Chicano and Latino Studies, Classics, English Literature, English-Option in Creative Writing, film studies, History, music history, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theatre Arts, Women’s Studies, or a second foreign language.
If the concentration is in American Indian Studies, Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Chicano and Latino Studies, English-Option in Creative Writing, Theatre Arts, Women’s Studies, or a second foreign language area, 6 of the units must be in literature courses. If the concentration is in Theatre Arts, Women’s Studies or film studies, appropriate courses may be chosen from any department offering such courses, including Comparative World Literature and Classics.
Emphasis II: World Literature
This emphasis offers a broad background in world literature in translation. It is appropriate for the student interested in focusing on global literature and culture as well as the student who elects the comparative world literature teaching option of the English Single Subject Credential program.
A minimum of 36 units is required, at least 24 upper-division units, distributed in the following way, with no more than two lower-division courses in any category (12 units total):
Foreign Language Requirement: Minimum requirement one year foreign language study. Two years recommended. Proficiency may be certified by successful completion of two semesters of college study, or the equivalent.
Up to six units of required CWL classes may be substituted from upper-division foreign language literature classes. Consult a department advisor.
Emphasis III: Cultural Studies
Cultural Studies is the interdisciplinary and multicultural study of literary and other forms of cultural expression analyzed within their social and historical contexts. This emphasis is designed for students wishing to concentrate in cultural studies firmly grounded in literary study. It provides for an interdisciplinary pattern of courses in cultural studies drawn from various disciplines with the approval of a faculty committee.
1. Core Courses (24 units distributed as follows):
2. The Cultural Studies Concentration. 18 upper division units in appropriate cultural studies courses, approved by a faculty committee and drawn from the following departments or areas: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Asian and Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Chicano and Latino Studies, Classics, Dance, English, Film and Electronic Arts, History, Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures, Women’s Studies, or other appropriate departments and areas of study. The faculty committee shall consist of the Chair of the Department of Comparative World Literature and Classics and one additional full time faculty member in Comparative World Literature. Students are strongly encouraged to select a faculty committee and have their pattern of course work approved by the beginning of the junior year, but it must be approved by the beginning of the senior year.
Foreign Language Requirement. Basic reading knowledge of one foreign language is required. It may be certified by examination or by successful completion of two semesters of college study, or the equivalent. Consult a department advisor.
In addition to the bachelor of arts degree, the Department offers a minor in comparative world literature. The minor provides a flexible program for the student who is majoring in another discipline, but who is interested in comparative world literature either for professional advantages or for intellectual enrichment.
A minimum of 18 units in comparative world literature, of which at least 12 are upper division excluding CWL 499.
The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies offers two programs to students who want to study medieval and Renaissance political and social history, art, literature, philosophy, religion, music, and drama.
ndergraduate students can pursue a Certificate or a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Graduate students can pursue a Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Interested students should turn to the catalog section entitled “Medieval and Renaissance Studies” and/or contact the program directors in MHB 512.