There will still be many occasions when you’ll need to seek out someone for advice.  Here are three typical situations:

  • To declare Comparative Literature as your major or minor

Declaring a major or minor is easy.  First, schedule a meeting with the COLT chair or student services advisor.  Together you will discuss your particular interests, decide which major/minor track fits them best, and outline a probable sequence of courses to complete the requirements.  You will then fill out the necessary form for changing or adding a major/minor.  Once this form has been processed, your new major or minor will be official.

  • For continuing Comparative Literature majors and minors

You should plan to meet at least once each semester with the COLT chair and student services advisor to track your progress toward completing the requirements, to go over your upcoming course work, and especially, when graduation nears, to check that all requirements will have been fulfilled in time and are properly entered into your record.  If you will be enrolling in COLT courses for the next semester, it’s helpful to read through the descriptions for the scheduled semester before coming in for your advising appointment.  You are also, of course, welcome at any time to drop by during the Chair’s regular office hours.

  • To enroll in Comparative Literature classes as a non-major/minor.

Students from all over the university can take Comparative Literature classes.  Since none of our courses carries any prerequisites, the full roster of COLT classes every semester is available for non-major/minor enrollment.  Note that some courses require D-clearance, which should be acquired with the Department of Comparative Literature by calling (213) 740-0102 or emailing  Be sure to provide the section number and your USC ID. 

It’s a good idea, however, to visit the COLT office or to check this website for descriptions of upcoming courses.  You’ll learn far more about the content of our classes from these descriptions than from the minimal Catalogue descriptions.  You are also welcome to schedule an appointment or drop by during the Chair’s office hours to discuss any classes you’re interested in taking.

More questions regarding the major or minor in Comparative Literature?

Please contact our student services (undergraduate) advisor Jessica Kanoski at or set an appointment with her via Calendly.

More questions regarding enrollment and courses in Comparative Literature?

Please contact Undergraduate Program Director Natania Meeker at

  • Department of Comparative Literature
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Taper Hall of Humanities 161
  • Mail Code 0355
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0353