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Comparative Literature

The minor in Comparative Literature allows students to combine courses in Comparative Literature with courses in a national literature, including English or foreign literature in translation. There is no foreign language requirement for the minor.

Through the study of writings from authors of different cultures, backgrounds and periods of history, we learn to appreciate the commonalities all humans share as well as the differences that give rise to our diversity. From Aesop's fables and Lady Murasaki's early Japanese novels to the contemporary work of such writers as Morrison and Garcia Marquez, comparative literature minors explore a broad range of genres, styles and themes. 



  • COM 001 Major Works of the Ancient World (4 units)
    • Or COM 002 Major Works of the Medieval and Early Modern World (4 units)
    • Or COM 003 Major Works of the Modern World (4 units)
    • Or COM 004 Major Works of the Contemporary World (4 units)

20 units

Choose at least five upper division literature courses (20 units)​

  • At least four of which are in Comparative Literature; COM 141 and COM 195 recommended.

Total = 20 units


Minor Advisors

A. Lowrey
(530) 752-1219