Program in Comparative Literature


The Undergraduate Minor in Comparative Literature

The Program in Comparative Literature approaches the study of literature from a variety of viewpoints rather than from the viewpoint of a single language or nation. Courses in literary history, practical criticism, and critical theory stress the relationship between literature and other disciplines in the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences. The program offers both the doctoral and the masters degree and sponsors courses on both the graduate and the undergraduate level. All comparative literature courses are conducted in English.

To introduce undergraduates to the field of study, the Comparative Literature faculty has designed a cluster of courses in critical thinking and world literature.  These courses concentrate on writing and thinking critically, with a focus on literary texts drawn from around the world, in the context of an interdisciplinary and international program. The fifteen-hour cluster complements many majors in liberal arts; with the approval of the student's major department, it may be used to fulfill the minor requirement. 

The requirements listed below are for students following the 2016-2018 and later Undergraduate Catalogs. Minor requirements for students following earlier catalogs are not transcript-recognized and will vary according to a student’s degree plan.

Comparative Literature Minor

Fifteen semester credit hours, including:



C L 301

Introduction to Comparative Literature


C L 315

Masterworks of World Literature


Six semester credit hours of Comparative Literature 323, Topics in Comparative Literature, in a single regional or linguistic area


Three additional semester hours of any Comparative Literature 323, Topics in Comparative Literature


Comparative Literature also offers conference courses which may count towards the minor.  These courses require an individual instructor's consent to supervise the student's work and the completion of the following form.

CL Undergraduate Conference Course Form

To add the Comparative Literature minor, go here. More information is available from the Program in Comparative Literature.