For Prospective Concentrators

If you're interested in a Comparative Literature concentration, please start discussing it with us as early as possible in your sophomore year, certainly well before the deadline for declaring your concentration.

Declaring a concentration in Comparative Literature is an easy but not a mechanical process. You don't just fill out a form on ASK--we want to get to know you. If you're considering a concentration in Comparative Literature, first off, please see DUS, Prof. Merrim, during her office hours. No appointment necessary. If you know or prefer another Concentration Advisor, feel free to see him or her instead. You'll find our office hours on the department website.

  • In preparation for the meeting, be sure to read all about our concentration on the "Undergraduate Program" sections of our website. Think about which track of the concentration might suit you. If you don't know, we'll help. If you have a clear idea of which track you'd like to follow, download the Requirements Checklist that follows the description of the track on our website and fill it out to the best of your ability with 1. courses you've already taken that you think might qualify for the concentration and 2. courses that you plan to take for the concentration* (see below). Please note that COLT 1210, Introduction to the Theory of Literature, offered each fall, is the only absolutely required course for all our concentration tracks, no substitutions accepted. In addition, COLT 1710 (Introduction to Literary Translation), offered each spring, is a required course for Track 3.
  • How do you know what courses will be offered in future years? Well, except for COLT 1210 and COLT 1710, you really don't. Therefore, in planning your course program--which will be modified over time--get ideas from the documents on "Course options for fulfilling concentration requirements" appended to the "Undergraduate Program" section of our website and from Banner listings for previous semesters. We ask you to tentatively scope out a course program at this point so that you get an idea of how the concentration will shape up for you.
  • Here's what will happen after the first meeting:
    • If you haven't already, you'll fill out the Requirements checklist for your chosen track and have it approved by your advisor during his or her office hours. Email the approved checklist to your advisor AND to our department administrator, Carol Wilson-Allen, so that we can open an electronic file for you.
    • Start a declaration on ASK: with the faculty member's consent, list him or her as your advisor. Write the 2 essays. Transfer the approved 10-course concentration program (only that: you don't need to include prerequisites/ language courses) from the Requirements Checklist to the "Course Program" section on the ASK declaration. SAVE and submit.
    • ASK will let us know when you've requested an advisor and when you've submitted the declaration. Your advisor will read the declaration and either approve it or send you suggestions through ASK. Please note: Once you've submitted a declaration, you cannot modify it without the advisor enabling modifications on ASK, which will notify you of that action. Please also note that, as mentioned above, the concentration declaration Course Program is a plan, not a contract. In consultation with your advisor, you will adjust it each year.

That's it. Concentration advisors are happy to help you with any questions at any stage of the process, so please come see us!