Department of French, Italian, and Comparative Literature
The study of languages has been the fundamental basis of liberal education since the Renaissance and is crucial to learning in the 21st century, as technologies create global channels of communication. This department, therefore, is committed to promoting the study of at least one second language in order to enable students to participate in the world of international communities and, moreover, to appreciate and contribute to a broad spectrum of diverse cultures. The Department of French, Italian, and Comparative Literature offers a complete sequence of courses in two languages and in the literatures and cultures of the world.
- Students may take an advisory placement test, administered by the Testing Office, to help them determine the appropriate level at which to begin their French studies. Those who wish to become French majors can do so, once they have completed French 204 or equivalent, by registering with the French major advisor. To be accepted and to continue as majors, they must maintain at least a 2.50 GPA in French courses.
- Students entering with previous knowledge of or high school preparation in Italian, or transfer students who have studied Italian in other colleges, are assigned to courses on the basis of a departmental placement interview. Students who wish to become Italian majors can do so, once they have completed Italian 104 or equivalent, by registering with the Italian major advisor. To be accepted and to continue as majors, they must maintain at least a 2.50 GPA in Italian courses.
- Comparative literature is concerned with the study of literature and literary theory and criticism in an international context and with literary texts in relation to other media and disciplines. In some courses the readings are solely or mainly in English or in English translation; in others the readings include works in one or more foreign languages. Candidates for a major in comparative literature must have maintained a GPA of at least 2.50 in language and literature courses taken during their freshman and sophomore years. Prospective majors should apply before the end of their sophomore year to the coordinator for comparative literature for department approval as a major and for assignment of an advisor in the comparative literature program.
Contact Information:French, Italian, and Comparative Literature
P.O. Box 413
Curtin Hall, Room 772
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Phone: (414) 229-4382
Fax: (414) 229-2939