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Welcome to the Web Site for the Department of Comparative Literature and Classics at California State University, Long Beach. We are happy you are visiting. The Department was founded in 1966 as the Department of Comparative Literature by three outstanding members of CSULB’s English faculty who had degrees in comparative Literature. Peter Carr had a strong background in French literature and an abiding interest in folklore and India. He was a peace activist during the turbulent 60’s and 70’s and a poet and artist of note. CSULB’s Peace Studies Center is named for him. Tom Hubble was also a francophile who enjoyed three Fulbrights in Greece, Tunisia, and Zaire (Congo) during his career. August Coppola was involved in film and literature like his brother Francis Ford Coppola and his son Nicholas Cage. He is an accomplished novelist and served as a CSU trustee and as Dean of the College of the Arts at San Francisco State. Profs. Carr and Hubble are now deceased, and Prof. Coppola is retired and living in South Carolina. Roberta Markman (now deceased) was hired in 1968, Roland Bush joined the faculty in 1969 and Charles Jernigan soon thereafter. Frank Fata joined the department as a visiting Professor in 1984 and full time in 1986. He is currently serving as Associate Dean of the College Of Liberal Arts. Alwin Baum became part of our faculty in 1989, and Teri Yamada in 1992, Carl Fisher joined us in 2000 and Elizabeth Dahab and Vlatka Velcic in 2001. Classics joined the Department in 1988, offering Greek, Latin and Classics courses and a Minor in Classics. Conrad Barrett was the sole full time professor until Douglas Domingo Foraste was hired that same year. Nicolle Hirschfeld joins the department as our first classical archeologist in Fall, 2002.

A long-held goal of offering a B.A. in Classics was accomplished in 1999. The Department now offers B.A. degrees in Classics and Comparative Literature and minors in Comparative Literature, Classics, Greek, and Latin. We offer a wide range of courses in world literature, classical literature, comparative literature, cultural studies, and Greek and Latin languages. Some of the campus’ most exciting General Education classes are offered in our Department-classes like Comic Spirit and Pagan Culture. We hope you will find what you need to know here. If you don’t, or if you want more information, contact Lisa Behrendt, our Department Administrative Support Coordinator at (562) 985-4239 or e-mail us at behrendl@csulb.edu. And again, welcome.

Charles Jernigan, Chair and Professor of Comparative Literature


  Department of Comparative Literature & Classics
1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90804