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Courses and Requirements

NOTE: The requirements for the concentrations and minors in comparative literature outlined in this section pertain to students in the classes of 2016 and 2017. Beginning with the Class of 2018, students pursuing the study of comparative literature and/or English and creative writing will take courses through the Literature and Creative Writing Department. See that department for more information. For more information about comparative literature contact Nancy Rabinowitz at nrabinow@hamilton.edu.

A concentration in comparative literature consists of nine courses, including five designated as comparative literature, two in a national literature in the original language (e.g., Chinese, Russian, Greek) and two in either a second national literature in the original language or in linguistics or in a related art (music, dance, visual arts, or film and media studies) selected in consultation with a departmental advisor. Students pursuing the linguistics or related arts option must complete study in a foreign language to the 140 level or equivalent. All concentrators are required to take 211 or 212, and 297, and all senior concentrators will take part in a Senior Program in which 500 (Senior Seminar) is required and 550 (Senior Project) is recommended. A complete description of the Senior Program is available from the department chair. Only one 100-level course may be counted toward the concentration. It is to the student’s advantage to begin foreign language study early; those planning graduate work in literature are urged to take two additional courses in a national literature and to study two foreign languages.

Honors in comparative literature will be awarded on the basis of a cumulative record of 3.5 (90) or above in all courses counting toward the major, as well as distinguished performance in 550.

A minor consists of five courses, including either 211, 212 or 297; two other courses designated as comparative literature; and two other courses in comparative, English or foreign literature, or linguistics. Only two 100-level courses may be counted toward the minor.

Many courses at the 200-level are open to seniors without prerequisites. For details, see the specific descriptions below.

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(Same as History 220 and East Asian Languages and Literatures 120 and Literature and Creative Writing 236 and Classics 210.)

(from the Hamilton Course Catalogue)

Contact Information


Comparative Literature Department

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
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