Degree Requirements

Major Requirements

The program welcomes prospective majors who have maintained a minimum 2.500 GPA in their language and literature courses during the freshman and sophomore years. Prospective majors should meet with the Comparative Literature coordinator to declare the major. Students are assigned a Comparative Literature advisor in their primary areas of interest. The advisor helps students design plans of study tailored to their particular interests, academic goals, and professional aspirations.

Comparative literature majors are encouraged to take additional literature courses offered in languages other than English when possible. They also are encouraged to take additional courses outside of the program in the analysis of literature and other arts. In many cases, these courses may be counted toward the comparative literature major.

All CompLit courses and approved electives that a student takes will count in calculating the major GPA. The College of Letters and Science requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

The department offers two options for the major. Both major options require that, in their senior year, students complete a research project that focuses on major theoretical and critical trends in comparative literature. Students may fulfill this requirement by completing either COMPLIT 463 or COMPLIT 464.

Credit Requirements

A total of 36 credits is required for the major, including COMPLIT 207 and COMPLIT 208 and at least 24 credits at the advanced level (numbered 300 and above). At least 15 of the advanced credits must be taken in residence at UWM. Students may count toward the major up to 6 credits in the following selected in consultation with their advisor. Students will take 15 credits in Core and Foundation courses and 21 credits in either Option A or Option B for a total of 36.

Core and Foundation Courses
COMPLIT 207Global Literature from Antiquity to the 1600s:3
COMPLIT 208Global Literature from the 17th Century to the Present:3
Choose 1 of the following to complete the research requirement3
Literary Criticism: Major Authors
Seminar in Comparative Literary Criticism:
Select 6 credits of lower level courses from the list below6
Contemporary Imagination in Literature and the Arts
Experiencing Literature in the 21st Century:
Literature and Society:
Literature and Religion:
Literature and Politics:
Literature and Film:
Total Credits15

Option A

This option is recommended particularly for students who intend to pursue graduate work in comparative literature. Option A students must complete the following:

Select 9-12 credits in CompLit courses numbered 300 and above 19-12
Select 9-12 credits in advanced literature courses (numbered 300 and above) offered in a foreign language9-12
Total Credits21

Option B

This option is offered for students with little if any training in a foreign language. Though such work normally is not considered as suitable preparation for graduate work in comparative literature, Option B offers training that is useful and applicable in many academic and professional fields. Option B students must complete the following:

Select 12 additional credits in CompLit courses numbered 300 and above12
Select 9 credits in advanced courses (300 and above) in the analysis of literature or the other arts 29
Total Credits21