Learning Goals

Students in Comparative Literature become familiar with a variety of world literatures, as well as with methods of studying literature and culture across national and linguistic boundaries. They learn how to evaluate the nature, function, and value of literature from an international perspective; demonstrate critical reasoning and research skills; design and conduct research in an individual field of concentration (such as literary or critical theory, women's literature, postcolonial studies, film and media studies, etc.); and compose a clear and well‚Äźdeveloped paper or project about a topic related to more than one literary and cultural tradition. Majors will demonstrate competency in one foreign language and at least a basic knowledge of the literature written in that language.