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Minor in Comparative Literature

In addition to our major, students can complete a minor in Comparative Literature. 


  • Fifteen credits of Comparative Literature courses at the 200 level and above.
    • No more than two 200-level courses
    • Three 300-level or higher courses 
  • Proficiency in one foreign language is required. Usually, this means completion of a 240- or 246-level course in the second language. Any questions regarding this requirement should be directed to the Undergraduate Program Director in Comparative Literature, at
  • Stipulations:
    • Pass/fail courses may not be applied to the minor.
    • A minimum grade of C must be awarded for the course to count.
    • Only three credits of independent study coursework may be counted toward the minor.
    • A maximum of six transfer credits in Comparative Literature may be applied. Only credits awarded by Transfer Affairs may be considered. Transfer credits must be approved by the Undergraduate Studies Committee; the student should address a petition to the Undergraduate Studies Committee, attaching course syllabi if available.

Language Proficiency

Native speakers of English: The student must satisfy the University's language requirements, pass a language course at the 240 or 246 level, and be prepared to work in a foreign language as expected in upper-level Comparative Literature courses. Native speakers of other languages: The student must be proficient enough in English to fulfill the written and oral requirements of upper-level Comparative Literature courses.

Questions regarding this and other requirements for the minor should be directed to Professor Jessica Barr, Undergraduate Program Director in Comparative Literature, at

Advising and Graduation

A prospective minor should seek advising at least once a term. In the semester prior to graduation, the student must obtain a Minor form from the Registrar, and have it signed by the Undergraduate Program Director in Comparative Literature (Professor Jessica Barr,; Herter Hall, office number 405). Minor forms are also available on the fourth floor of Herter Hall.