Course work

All graduate CLCS students will take a minimum of 13 courses, which must include 6 credits of thesis research ( two thesis “courses”) and:

I. The following four courses:

  • WLC 6600: Research and Bibliography (Fall)
  • WLC 6410: L2 Methodologies (Fall)
  • CLCS 6750: Trends in Comparative Literature
  • CLCS 6762: Contemporary Theory and Criticism

II. A minimum of four additional graduate level courses in CLCS (Courses should be chosen in consultation with CLCS Graduate Advisor).

  • CLCS 6670 Studies in Theme
  • CLCS 6680 Studies in Genre
  • CLCS 6690 Studies in Language and Society
  • CLCS 6740 Studies in Film Criticism
  • CLCS 6880 Directed Reading
  • CLCS 6900 Special Topics

All of these courses can be taken more than once, if the topic varies.

III. Area of Exploration: Three courses outside of CLCS to be arranged with CLCS Graduate Advisor. In these courses, the student will explore special interests not covered by CLCS coursework, especially areas necessary to the student’s MA thesis (see below). Examples include:

  • Graduate courses in other MA programs in the Department of World Languages and Cultures
  • Graduate sections of undergraduate courses within the Department of World Languages and Cultures
  • Directed readings with a specialist in the student’s area of interest within the Department of World Languages and Cultures
  • Graduate courses in other departments

IV. The Masters Thesis:

  • The CLCS thesis may take a variety of forms. Students may write a traditional thesis of approximately 60-100 pp.; alternatively, they may produce a shorter (25-30 pp.) scholarly essay that must be deemed by the student’s advisory committee to be suitable for submission for publication in an academic journal. In exceptional cases, other forms of the thesis may be approved. In all cases, the thesis must meet scholarly standards of critical analysis, research, and proper use of secondary sources.
  • The student establishes a committee of three faculty members (including a thesis chair) during the spring semester of their first year. No later than the end of this semester, students will submit a Thesis Proposal to their committee. Students are expected to conduct substantial research for their essay during the summer between the first and second year of their program. A student's committee will be responsible for evaluation of the acceptability of the student's thesis work. In the second year of their program, the student will register for two sections of the following course (can be taken in one semester or spread over two):

6970 Thesis Research: Masters (3 credits each section = 6 credits).

Toward the end of the fourth semester, the student will present herself for a public thesis defense to be conducted by the thesis advisory committee.

V. Language Proficiency

  • Language 1: At least one course in the target language of one of the language sections of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at the 3000 or 4000 level (this requirement can be met before beginning the Masters Program, for example, by completing an undergraduate language and literature major or minor).
  • Language 2: Completion of 2020 in one of the languages offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures or a PhD Reading Course (this requirement can also be met before beginning the Masters Program)

VI. All MA students holding a Teaching Assistantship (TAship) must attend a week-long teacher-training session immediately before each Fall Semester. Required sessions may differ depending on whether the student is teaching a language course, assisting in a CLCS course taught in English, etc.


For more information about the program and course offered please visit the General Catalog.

Last Updated: 4/26/17