Comparative Literature (B.A.)

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Recommended Academic Plan for Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature (CMLIT), University Park

Effective Summer 2010

Semester 1Credits
00 or 100 level course in Comparative Literature 3
Humanities (GH) 3
ENGL 015 or 030 (GWS) Rhetoric and Composition or Honors Freshman Composition 3
Foreign Language (Level 001) 4
Natural Science (GN) 3
Total Credits: 16
Semester 2Credits
CMLIT 100 Reading Across Cultures (IL) 3
Humanities (GH) 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) 3
Foreign Language (Level 002) 4
Quantification Course (GQ) 3
Total Credits: 16
Semester 3Credits
CAS 100 (GWS) Effective Speech 3
Any level course in Comparative Literature, English Literature, or Foreign Literature (see Program Notes) 3
Natural Science (GN) 3
Foreign Language (Level 003) 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) 3
Total Credits: 16
Semester 4Credits
Foreign Language (Level 004) 3
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Quantification, or Foreign Language 3
Quantification Course (GQ) 3
Arts (GA) (see Program Notes) 3
CMLIT 010 The Forms of World Literature: A Global Perspective (IL) 3
Total Credits: 15
Semester 5Credits
Foreign Language (Level 005) 3
400 level course in Comparative Literature, English Literature, or Foreign Literature (see Program Notes) 3
Natural Science (GN) 3
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Quantification, or Foreign Language 3
Arts (GA) 3
Total Credits: 15
Semester 6Credits
400 level course in CMLIT 3
Other Cultures Course/Elective 3
ENGL 202 (GWS) Effective Writing 3
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Quantification, or Foreign Language 3
Elective 3
Total Credits: 15
Semester 7Credits
400 level course in Comparative Literature, English Literature, or Foreign Literature 3
Elective 3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA) course 1.5
Elective 3
CMLIT 400Y Senior Seminar in Literary Criticism and Theory (US/IL) 3
Elective 3
Total Credits: 16.5
Semester 8Credits
400 level course in Comparative Literature, English Literature, or Foreign Literature 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA) course 1.5
400 level course in Comparative Literature, English Literature, or Foreign Literature 3
Total Credits: 13.5

General education courses are interchangeable; students may choose the general education course(s) they wish to take in any given semester based on preference, availability, and academic goals. GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.

Note: Students enrolled in, or hoping to enroll in, majors in the College of the Liberal Arts are expected to attend the University Park campus once they have earned a total of 60 credits. No more than 91 credits earned while enrolled at another Penn State College or at another institution may be applied toward degrees granted by the College of the Liberal Arts. A minimum of 24 of the credits related to the primary area of study stipulated under “requirements for the major” must be completed at University Park. (For example, History majors must complete 24 credits of "Hist" courses at University Park.) Senior or capstone courses required for the major must be completed at University Park.

Scheduling patterns vary for courses according to the semester they are taught.

Program Notes:

Bold type indicates courses requiring a quality grade of C or better.

The Requirements for the Comparative Literature major include the following prescribed courses: CMLIT 010, CMLIT 100, CMLIT 400Y, and an additional 400 level course in CMLIT.

The major also requires two courses in the same foreign language beyond the 003 level, and 18 credits in additional literature courses. These 18 credits must include a minimum of 12 credits at the 400 level and a minimum of 6 credits in Comparative Literature courses.

Up to 12 credits may be taken in other departments (e.g. English, other language). These must be literature courses (not creative writing, culture, etc.) Students are advised to consider prerequisites for advanced English literature courses when selecting their General Education Humanities courses.

Up to 12 credits toward the major requirements may be counted from an education abroad program with departmental approval.

All incoming freshmen must take a First Year Seminar (FYS) during fall or spring of their first year. Most FYSs in the College of the Liberal Arts are 3 credits and count as a General Education Humanities (GH) or General Education Social Sciences (GS) course.

All students must take a United States Cultures (US) and an International Cultures (IL) course. CMLIT 400Y required of all Comparative Literature majors satisfies the US requirement. CMLIT 010 and CMLIT 100 satisfy the IL requirement.

All students must complete at least one 3 credit WRITING INTENSIVE course. CMLIT 400Y required of all Comparative Literature majors satisfies this requirement.

CMLIT majors must complete at least 123 credits to graduate. If a student begins the foreign language sequence at a higher level than level 001, the skipped credits will need to be made up through other courses (i.e., additional electives).

At least one Natural Science course must be a laboratory course.

Updated December 2012

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