In 300-level courses, students will

  •  learn methods for cross-cultural comparison, including critical thinking and reading skills
  • be introduced to literary and cultural texts in transnational, transhistorical, and translinguistic contexts
  • acquire the fundamental tools of literary and cultural analysis, including terminology and methods drawn from literary theory and critical theory
  • discover the relationship of literature to other arts and media (including film, digital media, and sound)
  •  learn to organize and express ideas clearly and persuasively, both in writing and orally
  • write a series of short papers and/or work on creative projects designed to demonstrate analytical ability and original thought

In 400-level courses, students will

  • develop further a critical vocabulary for the major terminology and concepts related to literature and comparative literary criticism, with particular emphasis on transnational comparison and the study of diverse media
  • hone critical thinking, reading, and writing skills
  • attain a broad knowledge of various literary and cultural traditions both in their specificity and their interrelation
  • cultivate a complex, transdisciplinary understanding of literary and cultural texts in their political and social contexts
  • learn to assess and evaluate secondary sources as part of the process of literary and cultural analysis
  • exercise research skills enabling sustained and original engagement with literary texts and other cultural media and culminating in a longer paper