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College of Liberal Arts

Comparative Literature

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program in comparative literature offers students training simultaneously in two literatures and two languages. Optionally, a third language and literature may be studied. Areas available for study include English, Chinese, French, German, Classical Greek, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, Italian and Portuguese, among others. Such a program provides broad perspectives and multiple insights through the application of a comparative method. This method is studied and defined in the three introductory courses CMPL 23000, 26600 and 26700 and is employed by students in later courses.

The remaining courses to satisfy this major are drawn from the offerings of the Department of English and School of Languages and Cultures.

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

Freshman Year

First Semester Second Semester
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)* (3) Comparative Literature requirement, Note B
(3) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or (3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition) (3) Comparative Literature requirement, Note B
(3) Mathematics and Statistics* (3) Individual and Society*
(3) Other Languages, (Level IV)*, Note A (3) Mathematics and Statistics*
(3) Elective (3) Elective/Minor I, Note C
(15-16) (15)


Sophomore Year

Third Semester Fourth Semester
(3) Aesthetic Awareness* (3) Natural Sciences*
(3) Comparative Literature requirement, Note B (3) Other Cultures*
(3) Comparative Literature requirement, Note D (3) Comparative Literature requirement, Note D
(3) Laboratory Sciences* (3) United States Tradition*
(3) Western Heritage* (3) Elective/Minor III, Note C
(15)   (15)  


Junior Year

Fifth Semester Sixth Semester
(3) Comparative Literature requirement, Note E (3) Comparative Literature requirement,
Note F
(3) Comparative Literature requirement, Note F (3) Comparative Literature requirement,
Note F
(3) Gender Issues* (3) Social Ethics*
(3) Global Perspective* (3) Elective
(3) Racial and Ethnic Diversity* (3) Elective
(3) Elective    
(18)   (15)  


Senior Year

Seventh Semester Eighth Semester
(3) Comparative Literature requirement, Note F (1) Comparative Literature requirement,
Note G
(3) Comparative Literature requirement, Note F (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
    (2) Elective
(15)   (15)  

Comparative Literature Notes

* See "Core."

  1. Some students may need to begin language courses at a lower level. Admission by passing prerequisite course, placement exam or by other means acceptable to the department.
  2. Complete CMPL 23000, or CMPL 26600 and 26700.
  3. Although minors are not required, they are strongly encouraged. See academic advisor for approved minors.
  4. Six hours in literature of the student's primary language area, in the original language, at 30000 level or higher.
  5. Three hours from the student's secondary language area, in the original language.
  6. Fifteen hours in world literature (no more than two 3-hour courses in film and one 3-hour course in directed reading, 59000). A minimum of three hours required at the 40000 level or higher.
  7. A list of faculty teaching courses that may be taken to fulfill the senior thesis requirement is available at www.cla.purdue.edu/idis/complit/directory.