Comparative Literature combines the study of languages and literature. Students in the Comparative Literature track of our Interdisciplinary Studies Program acquire reading skills in two or more languages, compare the structures of languages, explore the relationship between literature and the language in which it is written, and study literary themes and genres in the context of several cultures.
Students interested in Comparative Literature should develop a substantial concentration in one of the following areas:
• Modern Foreign Languages
Students must acquire proficiency in two foreign languages, one of which may be in the focal department. If the focal department is English, the student must take literature courses in one foreign language and advance to at least the intermediate level in a second. The general model for a major in Interdisciplinary Studies is varied slightly to accommodate students interested in Comparative Literature, since the requirements for the major are levels of competence. It is not possible to stipulate the number of credits that will be needed to achieve the required competence. Although students are required to take one methodology course, ENG 028 Introduction to Literary Theory, Criticism and Research as well as two seminars and/or independent studies and to do a senior project of an interdisciplinary nature in an area of Comparative Literature.