Comparative Literature is a discipline that examines literature across national, historical, and linguistic boundaries. Literary movements, periods, genres, criticism, and theory are studied from an international viewpoint as are the relationships between literature and the other arts (e.g.,
film, painting, music) and literature and such disciplines as psychology, philosophy, anthropology, history, and women’s studies.
The Department of Comparative Literature offers a wide range of courses at all levels of the curriculum. Our classes are open to students from other departments in LSA, and from other units across the university.
If you are in your first year and you think you might want to pursue a degree in
Comparative Literature, we recommend that you take one of our introductory
courses at the 100 or 200 level. For example, you may take a section of
COMPLIT 122 (Writing World Literatures) to fulfill the LSA First Year Writing
Requirement. Or you may choose COMPLIT 140 (First Year Literary Seminar)
which is especially designed to give first year students the experience of a seminar
taught by a faculty member. For general lecture courses at the 200 level, we highly
recommend COMPLIT 222 (Great Books in World Literatures) or COMPLIT 240
(Introduction to Comparative Literature).
If you are entering your second or third year and are making progress in your
foreign language(s), you may start taking courses at the 200 level and beyond.
COMPLIT 322 (Translating World Literatures) satisfies the LSA Upper Level
Writing Requirement, and allows you to develop a translation project.
In addition, the Department of Comparative Literature offers courses at the 300 and 400 level, with more specialized topics that vary each semester. Some of our courses can be counted toward the “Comparative Culture & Identity” track in International Studies.