BA in Comparative Literature

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

Language Requirement for the Major

Regardless of their literatures of emphasis, all majors must pursue the study of one modern 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 of the four “Introduction to Comparative Literature” courses: CAS XL 222, 223, 224, and 225. May be taken in any order. CAS CC 101 and 102 together may be substituted for CAS XL 222.
  2. Three interrelated courses in a single non-English literature:
    • in modern languages, L_ 350 and two others, L_ 351 or above;
    • in Latin or Ancient Greek, CL 212 or CL 262 and two other  CL 300-level and above courses 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 major’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 major’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 CC 202 receive major 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 major literatures 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.