Students wishing to propose a major in CWL should follow the guidelines below to create a curriculum that offers both depth and breadth in the field. The following are guidelines only and can be adapted to fit the student’s needs and interests.
CWL Majors should acquire depth in at least two languages and literatures. Ordinarily, students will work in MLL and English. In certain cases they can combine courses from Classics and MLL or English. Students should take at least four classes in English and four classes in a foreign literature. At least half of these classes should be at the 300 level. (8 classes)
Students should give some thought to breadth in either English or the foreign language and culture. In other words, they should consider coverage of the following periods when designing their course schedule: Medieval, Renaissance, Romanticism, Realism, Modernism, and Contemporary. They should also give thought to breadth of genre—i.e. lyric, epic, drama, and the novel. (1 to 2 additional classes to achieve breadth)
In addition to these courses in MLL and English, students should take courses that stress comparative approaches to the study of literature. CWL 215, CWL 318, and CWL 333 are strongly recommended. CWL 220 and 400 are required. (5 classes)
Along with work in at least two literatures, CWL majors should consider developing a third field of study. That field could be: History and Literature, Philosophy and Literature, Religion and Literature, Psychoanalysis and Literature, Literature and the Other Arts (i.e. music or visual arts), Film, Women and Gender Studies, Narrative Studies, Theory, or Translation Studies. Alternatively, a student could pursue greater depth in a genre or period. (2 classes)
In consultation with advisers, students should select works from each of the following four categories listed below to develop a reading list for senior comprehensive exams:
Novel, Short Story, Epic
The senior exercise should connect at least two of the three fields outlined above (the two literatures and an additional field of study). Ideally, the project will demonstrate added focus by centering on a period, a genre, or a theoretical concern or approach.