Minoring in (CWL) - Prior to 2016

Total Minimum Units for the Minor: 24 Units (for Bulletin year 2015/2016 and earlier)


All students in the Comparative and World Literature minor are urged to acquire reading competence in at least one language in addition to English.

Core Courses: 9 Units

  • CWL 400, Approaches to Comparative Literature: 3 Units
  • 2 CWL courses (must fulfill requirements below): 6 Units

These two courses must involve comparison of literary texts from more than one national/linguistic tradition. For example, CWL 420, Studies in Comparative Literature; CWL 430, Heroic Tales of the Mediterranean.

One of these courses may be an appropriate lower-division CWL course. For example, CWL 230, Introduction to World Literature; CWL 250, Fables and Tales; CWL 260, Myths of the World.

You are not required to learn a foreign language for the minor.

Program Electives: 15 units

In consultation with departmental advisers, students select upper-division literature courses that combine a sense of the historical, linguistic, and critical breadth of literary studies with a student-defined area of focus that fits within the general discipline of comparative literature.

Please note that up to 6 units maximum, in lower-division CWL courses only, may be used toward the total units. All other courses must be upper-division courses.