In this program you will:

  • Engage deeply with works of literature, film, and other arts from multiple cultures
  • Practice essential critical thinking, writing, and reading skills
  • Develop strong communication skills in at least one language other than English
  • Lay the groundwork for future graduate or professional study (Humanities Graduate School, Law School, Medical School, Business)
  • Gain insight into other cultures and nurture qualities of empathy and intercultural understanding
  • Enrich your life through encounters with works of beauty, power, and depth

Majors in CLCS will have an emphasis in Literature and Culture on their transcript.

The Literature and Culture Emphasis allows students to explore multiple literatures and cultures within the framework of a single degree. Building on the basis of in-depth coursework in one or two traditions (taught in the original language) and a core group of classes in comparative literary and cultural studies (taught in English), students explore themes across cultures and time periods, compare national literatures and cultures, learn and apply international literary and cultural theories, and analyze diverse types of texts (literary, film/visual, musical, etc.).

Program Summary

Required Classes:

  • CLCS 3600, "What is Literature?", provides students with extensive practice in the close analysis of literary and cultural texts, the use of critical terminology, and critical-analytical writing (fulfills General Education Critical Writing requirement).
  • CLCS 3610, "Current Trends in Critical Thinking," introduces students to the close study of a core set of critical theorists, issues, concepts, and debates in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies.
  • CLCS 3670, "Comparative World Literature and Civilization," is an in-depth case study that compares cultural and aesthetic works from at least two different areas of the world based on an organizing theme (e.g., cities, modernism and postmodernism, cinema, music, etc.).
  • In addition, CLCS Literature and Culture majors take LANG 2010 (Introduction to the Study of Literature and Culture), LANG 2020 (Language in Society), 3 upper-division courses in one or two non-English cultural areas (focus on linguistic and literary skills in the target language and cultural literacy of the target-language area), 3 electives in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (focus on world literature in translation), and a capstone.

Upon successful completion of the major in the Literature and Culture Emphasis of CLCS, students will have:

1. Sufficient in-depth practice in close textual analysis, literary and cultural history, and the theories and methodologies of comparative studies to apply for graduate study in Comparative Literature at major institutions throughout the country. Students will be able to work closely with specific textual evidence and with theoretical trends and critical methods in the field of Comparative Literature, and they will have been exposed to a range of cultural traditions.

2. Literary, cultural, and communicative competence in at least one language area other than English. Students will be able to read and analyze texts in at least one non-English language, have a broad sense of literary and cultural traditions in the target language area, understand key cultural differences between their own and the target culture, understand speakers of the target language in a variety of settings, and express themselves / defend their own ideas in the target language.



Last Updated: 5/21/19