Option B – Degree Requirements

Course of Study

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. It is not possible to complete the Option B major entirely online, but a number of online courses are available for students who prefer to take some of their courses in that format.

Listed below are the requirements for the Comparative Literature Option B major. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult both the Comparative Literature advisor and your L&S advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about the degree requirements on the L&S Degree Requirements web pages.


Total Comparative Literature Credits

36 credits

Required Courses (9 credits)
  • CompLit 207 -Global Literature from Antiquity to the 1600s: (Subtitled), 3 credits
  • CompLit 208 - Global Literature from the 17th Century to the Present: (Subtitled), 3 credits
  • CompLit 463 - Literary Criticism: Major Authors, 3 credits
    Complit 464 - Seminar in Comparative Literary Criticism: (Subtitled), 3 credits
Electives (12 credits)

Four CompLit courses numbered 300 and above

Electives (9 credits)

Advanced courses (300 and above) in the analysis of literature or the other arts offered by CompLit or by other related departments and programs, with the approval of the CompLit advisor. This includes literature-in-translation courses offered by foreign language programs as well as courses in Art History, English, Film Studies, Philosophy, and Religious Studies that have as their focus the study of literature and/or the other arts, 9 credits.

Additional CompLit Electives

Electives selected from

  • CompLit 133 - Contemporary Imagination in Literature and the Arts, 3 credits
  • CompLit 135 - Experiencing Literature in the 21st Century: (Subtitled), 3 credits
  • CompLit 230 - Literature and Society: (Subtitled), 3 credits
  • CompLit 231 - Literature and Religion: (Subtitled), 3 credits
  • CompLit 232 - Literature and Politics: (Subtitled), 3 credits
  • CompLit 233 - Literature and Film: (Subtitled) , 3 credits
  • CompLit courses numbered 300 and above to reach a total of 36 credits.

GPA Requirements

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.000 GPA on all credits in the major, including any transfer work.