• This Minor in Comparative and Global Literatures is designed to reflect contemporary trends in humanistic scholarship as it teaches and encourages students to study, compare, and analyze materials from different cultures, media and/or historical periods. This interdisciplinary and global perspective on the study of literature - across linguistic, historical and national boundaries - helps students reflect on the core questions, especially “How should we live together?” and “How can we understand the world?”, crucial questions in our interconnected world. Students pursuing a minor in Comparative and Global Literatures will have the opportunity to work with professors from a wide variety of departments and programs in the Humanities, further developing their critical thinking skills and research methodologies.

    Requirements for Minor

    A minor in Comparative and Global Literatures (CGL) consists of 20 credits. Students must complete courses from at least three departments.

    1.  ENGL-290W. It is recommended (but not necessary) that this be among the first courses taken for the minor.

    2. Four courses from the pre-approved list.
      • At least two courses must be taken from the following departments: EAS, ENGL, FREN, GER, GWSS, HIST, LAS, SPAN (251 and above), or THEA.
      • At least one course must carry a ‘DN’ designation and at least one other course must be designated ‘GN’.
      • Relevant courses in other departments may be taken with pre-approval from the minor coordinator.

    Pre-approved courses (potential) DN or GN listed by course:

    ART-250 (potential DN or GN depending on topic), 350, 371, 372 (GN); ART/GWSS-373 (DN)


    East Asian Studies
    EAS-224 (GN), 299 (GN), 314 (GN)


    ENGL-230 (potential DN or GN depending on topic), 240 (potential DN or GN depending on topic), 301, 325, 330; ENGL/GWSS-228


    FREN-251 (GN), 252 (GN), 328, 352, 362, 372, 440 (with approval)


    Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies
    GWSS/ART-377 (DN); GWSS/ENGL-228; GWSS/HIST-126 (DN), 227 (DN), 251 (GN), 303 (DN, GN), 377 (DN); PHIL/GWSS-107 (DN); GWSS/THEA/-215 (DN), 217 (DN), 218 (DN), 315 (DN)


    GER-251, 252


    HIST-125 (DN), 151 (GN), 202 (GN), 228 (DN), 255 (GN), 277 (DN), 307 (GN), 308 (DN, GN), 351 (GN), 352 (GN), 354 (GN); HIST/GWSS-126 (DN), 227 (DN), 251 (GN), 303 (DN, GN), 377 (DN);

    Interdivisional Studies
    IDS-110 (with approval), 301 (with approval and when taken as four-credit class), 363 (when taken during the semester)

    Latin American Studies
    LAS-215 (DN), 332 (GN, with approval)


    PHIL-102, 106, 109 (with approval), 227 (potential DN; with approval), 249, 258, 345; PHIL/GWSS-107 (DN)


    SPAN-251 (GN), 252 (GN), 340 (with approval), 352 (GN), 440W (with approval)


    THEA-216, 300W (GN), 301W, 320; THEA/GWSS-215 (DN), 217 (DN), 218 (DN), 315 (DN)

    No more than eight of the required 20 credits may also count toward a student’s major, and no more than eight of the required 20 credits may count toward a student’s additional minor.


    Capstone courses, special topics courses, and independent study courses may also count toward the minor when the topic is appropriate and with prior approval from the program coordinator.