Comparative Literature Undergraduate Program

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Comparative Literature Major

A total of 36 credits is required for the major, including CompLit 207 and 208 and at least 24 credits at the advanced level (numbered 300 and above). At least 15 of the advanced credits must be taken in residence at UWM. All CompLit courses and approved electives that a student takes will count in calculating the major GPA.

The department offers two options for the major. Both major options require that students complete a capstone experience in their senior year.

Option A. This option is recommended particularly for students who intend to pursue graduate work in comparative literature. Students may consider a double major with a foreign language, with certain credits counting for both majors.

Option A students must complete the following:

  1. CompLit 207 and 208, 6 cr
  2. CompLit courses numbered 300 and above, including either CompLit 463 or CompLit 464, 12-15 cr
  3. Advanced literature courses (numbered 300 and above) offered in a foreign language, 9-12 cr
  4. Electives selected from approved courses (including CompLit 133, 135, 230, 231, 232, and 233) to reach a total of 36 cr

Download a requirements checklist for Option A. (Word, pdf 57kb)

Option B. 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.

Option B students must complete the following:

  1. CompLit 207 and 208, 6 cr
  2. CompLit courses numbered 300 and above, including either CompLit 463 or CompLit 464, 15 cr
  3. 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, including 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 cr
  4. Electives selected from approved courses (including CompLit 133, 135, 230, 231, 232, and 233) to reach a total of 36 cr

Download a requirements checklist for Option B. (Word, pdf 60k)

Comparative Literature Minor

The minor requires 18 credits, including CompLit 207 and 208; either CompLit 133, 135, or a 200-level thematic course; and 9 credits at the advanced level (numbered 300 or above), which must be taken in residence at UWM.

Advising

Prospective majors and minors should meet with the Comparative Literature coordinator to declare the major or the minor. Students are assigned a Comparative Literature advisor in their primary areas of interest. The advisor helps students design plans of study tailored to their particular interests, academic goals, and professional aspirations. For further information, please contact the Comparative Literature coordinator:

Kristin E. Pitt, Associate Professor
Office: Curtin Hall 787
Phone: (414) 229-4835
e-mail: kepitt@uwm.edu