Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the major requirements below must be taken for graded credit, other than courses listed which are offered on a Pass/No Pass basis only. Other exceptions to this requirement are noted as applicable.
  2. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student’s major and minor programs.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in upper division courses used to fulfill the major requirements.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Upper Division Requirements

COM LIT 100 Introduction to Comparative Literature 4
COM LIT 190 Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature 4
Select one period course of the following: 4
The Ancient Mediterranean World
The Middle Ages
The Renaissance
Eighteenth- and 19th-Century Literature
The Modern Period
Myth and Literature
Special Topics in Comparative Literature
Primary (formerly referred to as “major”) literature: select at least three upper division courses (minimum 12 units), with readings in the original language.


Secondary (formerly referred to as “minor”) literature: select at least two upper division courses (minimum 8 units), with readings in the original language and selected to fit the student’s period of primary interest.