AN INTERDEPARTMENTAL MAJOR
Using literary texts as its base of inquiry, Comparative Literature promotes the study of intercultural relations that cross national boundaries, multicultural relations within a particular society, and the interactions between literature and other forms of human activity, including the arts, the sciences, philosophy, and cultural artifacts of all kinds.
Goals for the Comparative Literature Major
• Acquaint students with the wide range of writing across national and linguistic borders and prepare them to read texts of different cultural traditions in their own languages
• Familiarize students with the ways in which literature can interact with various other forms of human activity and how literary texts can be read in interdisciplinary contexts
• Teach students to write well and to develop and use the skills of close reading