In addition to general requirements for the major and for
students seeking departmental honors in Comparative Literature will have the following requirements:
Admission to Department Honors:
A 3.2 cumulative GPA with a 3.25 GPA or higher in courses counted towards the
Comparative Literature Major, and including 3.25 GPA in 6 credits of upper level
literature courses in the major language.
Additional course requirements:
Honors students will complete two scheduled upper-level Comparative Literature
Honors or Comparative Literature graduate courses.
In consultation with the Department Honors Coordinator, the student will form
an Honors Thesis Committee, consisting of three members of the faculty, two of
whom must have appointments in Comparative Literature, and one of whom must be
from outside the department. The student will submit a research proposal for
approval by the committee. After completing the thesis, the student will present
the thesis to the Thesis Committee at a scheduled oral defense of approximately
one hour. An Honors Thesis normally comprises a minimum of 40 pages of text,
and will not exceed 80 pages.
Higher Honors designations:
To receive a cum laude designation, students will be expected to receive a B
or better on the thesis, to earn a 3.2 GPA with a 3.5 GPA in courses taken for
the major. For a magna cum laude designation, students must receive an AB or
better on the thesis, and earn a 3.4 GPA with a 3.5 GPA in the major. For a summa
cum laude designation, students must receive an A on the thesis and earn a 3.6
GPA with a 3.75 GPA in the major.