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Department of Comparative Literature and Classics Learning Objectives

Comparative Literature majors from all three Emphases should be able to:

1) Demonstrate knowledge of world literary traditions and the continuing influence of those traditions on world cultures, including an awareness of emergent global literary trends.

2) Develop skills in literary analysis and critical writing, be aware of comparative methodologies and literary theory, and demonstrate the ability to apply them in examining literary texts and other cultural products.

3) Gain an understanding of literary texts within social, cultural, and historical contexts.

4) Appreciate literature and other cultural production as inextricable from the identity formation of individuals and their communities, and consider literary texts as part of discursive systems.

 

Classics majors should be able to:

1) Demonstrate a reading knowledge of classical Latin or ancient Greek equivalent to three years of college study, with the ability to write and communicate both orally and aurally in simple sentences.

2) Demonstrate knowledge of classical antiquity in several of the following areas: archaeology, art, drama, history, linguistics, literature, mythology, philosophy, political structures, religion, social structures, the interaction among ancient cultures, and the influence and relations between classical antiquity and subsequent cultures and civilizations, particularly in the west.

3) Demonstrate an ability to analyze complex materials and to present the analysis in a manner that can be understood by others.

4) Demonstrate an ability to write clearly, concisely, and well.