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Comparative Literature and Culture

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Explore the study of literatures and cultures in a globalizing world, enhance your understanding of your own culture as well as other cultures, and attain a well-rounded education in the humanities! The programs in Comparative Literatures and Culture challenge you

In essence the programs engage you to become a more observant, flexible thinker open to manifold complexity by gaining a refined understanding of cultural differences and diversities across spaces and times. As you discover intriguing texts from around the world in translation, consider study abroad and add a “real world” occasion to interact with other cultures and languages. 

We are in the process of submitting revisions for the Comparative Literature and Culture programs and new Comparative Literature and Culture courses to the University Senate for approval. The programs and courses are to begin in September 2014.   

Features of the new program: 

A. Flexible modules:

Minor in Comparative Literature and Culture (4.0 courses)

  • This flexible Minor enriches your understanding of cultures through the choice of a wide variety of courses taught in English. Read across literatures and cultures engaging with media, everyday or urban culture.  The module expands your career choices by providing future employers with evidence of your interest in culture and diversity.
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Major in Comparative Literature and Culture (6.0 courses)

  • The module features no language requirement. Read across literatures, cultures and time periods, examine the similarities and mutual influences among literatures and cultures and break through national, cultural and disciplinary boundaries. You can easily combine the program with a Major focused on a language and culture (Spanish, Italian, German, French) or with a major in history, sociology or anthropology. Depending on the type of major combination you choose, different career doors will open, for example in areas demanding deeper understanding of culture.
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Honors Specialization in Comparative Literature and Culture (9.0 courses)

  • Gain strong skills in one non-English language and in English to interpret complex texts belonging to different media, genres, disciplines, cultural and historical contexts, and develop a deep understanding of diversity and its implications for comparative analysis. In your final year, you could select your own topic and complete an undergraduate thesis. This course of study prepares you for any career that demands a deep understanding of interculturality such as government and diplomatic service, non-profit organizations, teaching at all levels and publishing.
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Specialization in Comparative Literature and Culture (9.0 courses)

  • Engage with world cultures and literatures not only through courses in English that address a range of national, intercultural, intermedial, interdisciplinary issues, but also by studying a language of your choice at the intermediate level. The Specialization hones your powers of expression and of analysis to prepare you for careers in teaching, public service, international relations, publishing and editing across different media.
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New course highlights:

CLC 1020-From Homer to Picasso: Western Culture Across the Ages

  • A multi-media overview of the major writers, artists, thinkers, and composers that have shaped Western culture from ancient times to the twenty-first century. Figures studied include Homer, Dante, Michelangelo, Cervantes, Goethe, Dostoevsky, Picasso, Kafka, Borges. More info

CLC 1040-From Parchment to Pixels: Ideas and Apps that Changed the World

  • An exploration of the great ideas that have revolutionized cultures and their application in our public and private life: from clay tablets to the Ipad, from manuscripts to movies, from Encyclopedias to Wikipedia, from Marx to Ford, from the soul to psychoanalysis.

CLC 2200F/G-Exploring Comparative Literature & Cultures

  • What happens when written texts and cultural products cross chronological, cultural, linguistic, or geographic boundaries? Consider the consequences of translation between genres, media and periods. Hone your writing, research and critical thinking skills through studying how texts move between different cultural contexts.

CLC 3300F/G-Literary and Cultural Theory

  • Explore a broad range of theories from Plato to the hottest contemporary trends, in a global perspective. Discover how the vocabulary and concepts of literary interpretation travel across time and cultures, and learn how to use them to think with/through a variety of literary texts worldwide

CLC 2500F/G-Bridging classroom and community: Languages and Cultures in Action

  • Connect theory, examples from literature, visual art, film and real experiences of immigrants.


Transfer into the new programs will be easy:

After September 1, 2014, you may either enroll in one of the new modules or you can complete your old module. If you choose to enroll in one of the new modules, courses taken within the old module will count towards the new module. Once Senate has approved the program, you will need to see your academic counsellor to officially make the switch. You may do that at any time during the fall or winter term. If you choose to complete your old module the new course offerings will count towards your old module. Below are the worksheets if you are completing your old module in Comparative Literature and Culture.

Honors Specialization in Comparative Literature and Culture

Specialization in Comparative Literature and Culture

Major in Comparative Literature and Culture

Minor in Comparative Literature and Culture

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