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Comparative literature minors enjoy a personalized program at UWM, with the opportunity to tailor the course selection to meet student interests. The minor can be completed entirely online if the student chooses. 

The Comparative Literature minor pairs well with almost any major. The minor’s focus on literature and arts enhances many humanities degrees in fields like languages, English, or Art History, while analytical skills this minor develops can be a great complement to majors ranging from the humanities and the arts to social sciences, business, and more.


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On Campus, Online

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The College of Letters & Science requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work. The minor requires 18 credits, including the following:

COMPLIT 207Global Literature from Antiquity to the 1600s:3
COMPLIT 208Global Literature from the 17th Century to the Present:3
Select one of the following:3
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:
Select 9 credits at the advanced level (numbered 300 or above), which must be taken in residence at UWM 9
Total Credits18

Minors will work directly with their faculty advisor to receive guidance on course selection. Declare your minor using the “Declare a Minor” button on the website and a faculty advisor will contact you or email with questions.

Students whose major is also in the College of Letters & Science can discuss their minor with their college advisor as well. Students whose major is outside of the College of Letters & Science will not need a college advisor and can work solely with their Comparative Literature faculty advisor to address any questions related to the minor.


Prospective Students (not yet enrolled at UWM)

Prospective students, contact our admissions counselor at or 414-229-7711.

Current Students

General questions such as how to declare, how to change a major, general education requirements, etc. should be directed to the College advising office at or 414-229-4654.

Specific questions about Comparative Literature, such as research opportunities, internship opportunities, major requirements, etc., should be directed to Prof. Demetrius Williams.