Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature offers a secondary field for students who wish to work across languages, cultures, and media in a comparative and interdisciplinary context.

REQUIREMENTS: 5 courses (20 credits)

  1. Either Comparative Literature 97 (Sophomore Tutorial) or Comparative Literature 103 (formerly Comparative Literature 96) to be taken as early as possible in the student’s program of study

  2. Two courses from offerings in Comparative Literature at the 100-level or above

  3. Two courses that examine the following:

    1. A literature other than English, with readings of primary texts in that language

      and/or

    2. Works in a non-verbal medium, e.g., painting, film, music

Note: Category “A” can include courses from a national literature or area studies department, or any course in which works are read in a language other than English (e.g., History 1324: French Social Thought from Durkheim to Foucault).

OTHER INFORMATION

All courses must be letter graded and must be passed with a grade of B or above. Freshman Seminars may not be counted towards the fulfillment of the above requirements. However, students may count toward secondary field requirements courses taken while studying abroad, as well as courses taken at the Harvard Summer School. Students pursuing a secondary field in Comparative Literature will receive preferential access to Comparative Literature courses with limited enrollment.

ADVISING RESOURCES AND EXPECTATIONS

All students interested in pursuing a secondary field in Comparative Literature should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Sandra Naddaff (617-495-5650,  snaddaff@fas.harvard.edu),  as soon as possible to discuss their program of study. Since only Comparative Literature students are allowed to enroll in Comparative Literature 97, students pursuing a secondary field in Comparative Literature should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies before the first meeting of the sophomore tutorial. The DUS will be responsible for advising these students, although the expectation will be that students working toward a secondary field in Comparative Literature will monitor their own progress toward fulfillment of the requirements.