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Minor in Comparative Literature and Culture

This program requires completion of twenty (20) units, as follows:

One Introductory Course: (4 units)
  • CMPL 195 First-Year-Seminar: The Beauty of the Beast in Literature OR Literature of the Child: Trauma and Healing
  • CMPL 295 Transfer Seminar: Animal Encounters in Literature OR Life Disrupted: The Psychic Wound in Early Life
  • CMPL 200 Introduction to Comparative Studies: Cultures in Conflict

 One Intermediate Level Course (4 units)

  • CMPL 299 Critical Analysis  

One Foreign Language Courses  (4 units)

Students must complete one semester of one Foreign Language above the three semesters required by the College of Arts and Sciences (level 101, 102, and 201 or equivalent, as determined by placement tests)

  • 4th Semester of a Foreign Language (202 in target language)

 One 300-Level Literature and Culture Elective (4 units)

  • Students must select their elective course at the 300-level or above from the offerings of Departments and Interdisciplinary Programs. (Consult Schedule of Classes online). These courses must have a strong emphasis in one or more literatures and cultures of the world, and must be relevant to the student's area of concentration for comparative studies.
  • Students enrolled in CMPL program must meet with a CMPL advisor to discuss their choice of elective before registering. In addition, they must submit a petition form for approval their elective. The petition must include a narrative, which demonstrates how such elective contributes to the student’s area of concentration. (Petition forms are available online or at the Department of Modern languages office in KA 328).
One Capstone Seminar Elective (4 units)
  • CMPL - 400 Capstone Seminar: Political Fictions
Study Abroad

Minors in Comparative Literature and Culture are strongly encouraged to study abroad.

Students may transfer up to eight units from a study abroad program into the Comparative Literature and Culture minor.

Twelve of the total twenty-four units for the comparative Literature and Culture minor must be completed in residence at USF.

Learning Goals/Outcomes for the Minor in Comparative Literature and Culture

Students will be able to

  • Engage in comparative analyses of literary texts and other cultural artifacts that seek to enhance our understanding of cross-national cultural commonalities and differences.
  • Communicate in a foreign language both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of, and respect toward one or more of the many cultures of different regions of the world in their varied dimensions (social, historical, political, religious, economic, linguistic and artistic).
  • Bridge the divisions between national literatures and cultures instead of concentrating on a single tradition or their own.
  • Develop an intellectual engagement, introspection and reflective sensibility that will contribute to life-long learning.