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To find out more about the Comparative Literature and Culture minor, please contact the Undergraduate Advising Head (UAH) Matthew Fraleigh

How to Become a Minor

All students are welcome to enroll in any course in the program unless prerequisites are stipulated. Students interested in learning more about the Comparative Literature and Culture minor are encouraged to speak with the Undergraduate Advising Head for Comparative Literature and Culture. Keep in mind that three literature courses must be taken in a language other than English. Students are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester abroad, preferably in a country where the primary language is not English.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor in Comparative Literature and Culture requires five courses, distributed as follows:

A. COML 100a, to be taken as early as possible in the student's academic career.

B. One upper-level course taught in a language other than English, involving work with texts and/or films in a language other than English. Normally such courses are numbered 100 and above, exclusive of language skills courses. Coursework in literature and culture focused upon original-language texts can be pursued both at Brandeis and through approved study-abroad programs.

C. Two upper-level courses designated COML. These courses will bridge more than one national tradition and engage in cross-cultural examination.

D. One upper-level elective course in literature or a related field as approved by the UAH. Students are encouraged to select a course that takes a comparative approach.

No more than two classes taken toward the minor can double count toward any other major or minor.

No course with a grade below a C- will count toward the minor; nor will a course taken pass/fail.