Comparative Literature

Minor in Comparative Literature (1141)

Seven courses with a grade of C or higher are required. Internships taken on study abroad programs may not be credited toward a minor in Comparative Literature.

  1. Two “Introduction to Comp Lit” courses chosen from CAS XL 222, 223, 224, and 225. May be taken in any order. CC 101 and CC 102 together may be substituted for XL 222.
  2. Two interrelated courses in a single non-English literature:
    ** if in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish, these courses should be L_ 350 and one other, L_ 351 or above (for other languages, consult a Comp Lit professor in MLCL);
    ** if in Latin or Ancient Greek, these courses should be CL 212 or CL 262 and one other, CL 300-level and above with readings in Latin or Greek (courses principally on history, religion or other mostly non-literary aspects of ancient culture do not qualify).
  3. EITHER two comparative literature courses numbered XL 300 or higher (XL 401 and 402 are excluded; CC 201 and CC 202 together may be substituted for one XL 300-level course);
    OR
    two interrelated courses in another literature, chosen from one of the following:
    ** two courses in English-language literature numbered EN 363 or above; or
    ** two courses in a single literature in MLCL or Romance Studies, read in the original language or in English translation; or
    ** two courses in either Latin or Ancient Greek literature (courses principally on history, religion or other mostly non-literary aspects of ancient culture do not qualify) numbered CL 212 or higher, read in the original language or in English translation. If a student’s first literature (under item 2 above) is Latin, the second may not be Ancient Greek, and vice versa.
  4. CAS XL 479, the senior seminar

Major in Comparative Literature (1141)

Twelve courses with a grade of C or higher are required. Internships taken on study abroad programs may not be credited toward a concentration in Comparative Literature.

Language Requirement for the Concentration

Regardless of their literatures of emphasis, all majors must pursue the study of one living language besides English through at least the sixth semester (L_ 304 or L_ 312 or equivalent); OR Latin through CL 351; or Ancient Greek through CL 391. Acquiring a second foreign language is strongly encouraged. This study may be pursued concurrently with the coursework of the major.

Students who have received credit for these levels of language study through AP equivalency must take at least one BU course that is numbered at a higher level than the level they hold AP credit for and that requires knowledge of the language in question; this course may not, except in the case of CL 351 (see item 2 below), be counted toward any other requirement of the major.

Required Courses

  1. Three “Intro to Comp Lit” courses from the set of CAS XL 222, 223, 224, and 225. May be taken in any order. Students who have completed both CC 101 and CC 102 receive concentration credit for XL 222.
  2. Three interrelated courses in a single non-English literature:
    • if in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish, these courses should be L_ 350 and two others, L_ 351 or above (for other languages, consult a Comp Lit professor in MLCL);
    • if in Latin or Ancient Greek, these courses should be CL 212 or CL 262 and two others, CL 300-level and above with readings in Latin or Greek (courses principally on history, religion or other mostly non-literary aspects of ancient culture do not qualify).

    With approval of advisor, a course studying the same literary tradition in English translation may be substituted for one of these courses. In the case of Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Russian literature, with approval of adviser, two courses in English translation may be permitted. In the case of Latin or Ancient Greek only, the course used to fulfill the Comparative Literature concentration’s language requirement (i.e., CL 351 or CL 391) may simultaneously be counted as one of the three literature courses.

  3. Three interrelated courses in another literature, chosen from one of the following:
    • three courses in English-language literature numbered EN 363 or above; or
    • three courses in a single literature in MLCL or Romance Studies: L_ 350 and two others, L_ 351 and above; or
    • three courses in either Latin or Ancient Greek literature: CL 212 or CL 262 and two others, CL 300-level and above with readings in Latin or Greek (courses principally on history, religion or other mostly non-literary aspects of ancient culture do not qualify.)

    With approval of advisor, a course studying the same literary tradition in English translation may be substituted for one of these courses. In the case of Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Russian literature, with approval of advisor two courses in English translation may be permitted. In the case of Latin or Ancient Greek (unlike in the modern languages), the course used to fulfill the Comparative Literature concentration’s language requirement (i.e., CL 351 or CL 391) may simultaneously be counted as one of the three literature courses.  If a student’s first literature (under item 2 above) is Latin, the second may not be Ancient Greek, and vice versa.

  4. Two additional courses numbered XL 300 or above or cross-listed with such a number. A cross-listed course may be counted either as an XL course or (where appropriate) as a course in one of the student’s two literatures, but not as both. Students who have completed both CC 201 and CC202 receive concentration credit for one course toward this requirement. XL 401 and 402 may not be applied to this requirement.
  5. CAS XL 479, the senior seminar.

From among the six courses in a student’s two literatures of concentration and the two additional XL courses (i.e., from among items 2, 3, and 4 above), at least one course must deal principally with literature from before the twentieth century.