program requires completion of twenty-four (24) units, as follows:
Two Core Courses: (8 units)
- CMPL - 200 Introduction to Comparative Studies:
Literature of the Body
- CMPL - 299 Critical Analysis
Two Foreign Language Courses (8 units)
(in addition to the three foreign language courses required
of all students in the College of Arts and Sciences: 101, 102, 201 or
their equivalent as determined by placement tests.)
- 4th semester of a Foreign language (202 French,
German, Spanish, Japanese)
- 5th semester of a Foreign Language (300-level course
taught in the target language)
One 300-Level Literature and Culture Elective (4
- Students will select an elective course at the
300-level or above from the offerings of various departments and
interdisciplinary programs. 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 must discuss their choice of elective with
their advisor before registering. In addition, they will submit a
petition form to demonstrate how that elective contributed to their area
of concentration. (Petition forms are available at the Department of
Modern Languages office in KA 328).
One Capstone Seminar (4 units)
- CMPL - 400 Capstone Seminar: Political Fictions
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
- 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.