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Comparative World Literature

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Comparative World Literature - Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Comparative World Literature (code C/LTBA01) (120 units)

The Bachelor of Arts in Comparative World Literature has three emphasis options: Language and Literature, World Literature, and Cultural Studies.

Emphasis I: Language and Literature

The traditional undergraduate major in Comparative Literature, designed to prepare the student for graduate study in Comparative Literature or related fields, with a 24 unit core and two 12 unit concentrations.

Requirements

  • 1. Required Courses (24 units). Take both of the following:
    • CWL 330A Masterpieces of European Literature (3)
    • CWL 330B Masterpieces of European Literature (3)
  • 2. Take at least one course from each of the following groups:
    • A. Genre:
      • CWL 346, 420, 422I*, 440, 451I*, 453, CLSC 420I*.
    • B. Author:
      • CWL 430, 449.
    • C. Non-Western or Mythology
      • CWL 334, 342*, 350, 402, 403, 440, 445, 452.
    • D. Theory:
      • CWL 361, 365, 461.
    • E. Literary Movement or Comparative Study:
      • CWL 344, 349, 404, 406, 410, 448, CLSC 311I*, 312I*.
    • F. European Period:
      • CWL 431, 432, 435, 437, 438.
  • Note: CWL 440 may be used in both groups B and D with appropriate different topics.
  • * may be used to satisfy Core requirements with approval of course instructor and completion of supplementary work.

2. The First Concentration. 12 upper-division units in one foreign language, six of which must be in literature classes. If a language is chosen which offers a limited number of courses, some lower-division units will suffice, but they must be, as a minimum, the equivalent of four semesters of college study.

3. The Second Concentration. 12 upper-division units in any one of the following areas: American Indian Studies, Art History, Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, Africana Studies, Chicano and Latino Studies, Classics, English Literature, English-Option in Creative Writing, film studies, History, music history, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theatre Arts, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, or a second foreign language.

If the concentration is in American Indian Studies, Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, Africana Studies, Chicano and Latino Studies, English-Option in Creative Writing, Theatre Arts, Women’s Studies, or a second foreign language area, 6 of the units must be in literature courses. If the concentration is in Theatre Arts, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or film studies, appropriate courses may be chosen from any department offering such courses, including Comparative World Literature and Classics.

Emphasis II: World Literature

Requirements

A minimum of 36 units is required, at least 24 upper-division units, as follows, with no more than two lower-division courses in any category (12 units total):

  • 1. Required Courses (9 units):
  • Take both of the following:
    • CWL 330A Masterpieces of European Literature (3)
    • CWL 330B Masterpieces of European Literature (3)
  • And one of the following:
    • CWL 361 Masterpieces of Literary Criticism (3)
    • CWL 365 Cultural Studies: Histories, Theories, and Issues (3)
  • 2. Area Courses (27 units). Take three courses from each of the following groups:
    • A. World Literature:
      • CWL 100, 103, 104, 124, 334, 346, 350, 402, 403, 406, 440, 448.
    • B. Literary Movements and History:
      • CWL 101, 342, 349, 414I, 422I, 430, 431, 432, 435, 437, 438, 449, 461.
    • C. Cultural Studies:
      • CWL 132, 161, 220, 315I, 344, 404, 410, 420, 445, 451I, 452, 453.

Foreign Language Requirement: Minimum requirement one year foreign language study. Two years recommended. Proficiency may be certified by successful completion of two semesters of college study, or the equivalent.

Up to six units of required CWL classes may be substituted from upper-division foreign language literature classes. Consult a department advisor.

Emphasis III: Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies is the interdisciplinary and multicultural study of literary and other forms of cultural expression analyzed within their social and historical contexts. It offers an interdisciplinary pattern of courses in cultural studies with the approval of a faculty committee.

Requirements

1. Core Courses (24 units distributed as follows):

  • A. Take the following courses:
    • CWL 330A Masterpieces of European Literature (3)
    • CWL 330B Masterpieces of European Literature (3)
  • B. Genre. At least one of the following:
    • CWL 346, 420, 422I*, 440, 451I*, 453, CLSC 420I*.
  • C. Author. At least one of the following:
    • CWL 430, 449.
  • D. Non-Western or Mythology. At least one of the following:
    • CWL 334, 342*, 350, 402, 403, 440, 445, 452.
  • E. Theory. At least one of the following:
    • CWL 361, 365, 461.
  • F. Literary Movement or Comparative Study. At least one of the following:
    • CWL 344, 349, 404, 406, 410, 448, CLSC 311I*, 312I*.
  • G. European Period. At least one of the following:
    • CWL 431, 432, 435, 437, 438.
  • Note: CWL 440 may be used in both groups B and D with appropriate different topics.
  • * may be used to satisfy Core requirements with approval of course instructor and completion of supplementary work.

2. The Cultural Studies Concentration. 18 upper division units in appropriate cultural studies courses, approved by a faculty committee and drawn from the following departments or areas: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Asian and Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Chicano and Latino Studies, Classics, Dance, English, Film and Electronic Arts, History, Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures, Women’s Studies, or other appropriate departments and areas of study. The faculty committee shall consist of the Chair of the Department of Comparative World Literature and Classics and one additional full time faculty member in Comparative World Literature. Students are strongly encouraged to select a faculty committee and have their pattern of course work approved by the beginning of the junior year, but it must be approved by the beginning of the senior year.

Foreign Language Requirement. Basic reading knowledge of one foreign language is required. It may be certified by examination or by successful completion of two semesters of college study, or the equivalent. Consult a department advisor.

Minor in Comparative World Literature (code C/LTUM01)

This minor provides a flexible program for the student who is majoring in another discipline.

Requirements

A minimum of 18 units in comparative world literature, of which at least 12 are upper division excluding:

  • CWL 499. Directed Studies (1-4)

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Center offers two programs. Undergraduate students can pursue a certificate or a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Graduate students can pursue a certificate. Interested students should turn to “Medieval and Renaissance Studies” in this catalog and/or contact the program directors in MHB 512.