Majoring in English and Comparative Literature

Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature | Bachelor of Arts in English


Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature

To major in comparative literature is to explore major works of literature, film, and theory from across the world, crossing disciplinary as well as national, cultural, and linguistic boundaries. Majoring in comparative literature enables students to acquire a broad, liberal arts-based education and equips them to live, work, and communicate in a multicultural world.

See ConnectCarolina for the current list of all Comparative Literature courses.

 

B.A. Major in Comparative Literature: International Literature Track

Core Requirements

• One course from Great Books I (CMPL courses numbered between 120 and 129)

• One course from Great Books II (CMPL courses numbered between 130 and 139)

• CMPL 250 or 251

• Three courses (200 level or higher) in a foreign/classical language department. (We recommend that these be in the same language.)

• Three CMPL courses 200 level or higher

• CMPL 697

Additional Requirements

• Foreign language through level 4

More information about International Literary Studies is available here.

 

Comparative Literature Major, B.A.: Global Cinema Studies Track

Core Requirements

  • One course from Great Books I (CMPL courses numbered between 120 and 129)
  • CMPL 142 Visual Culture II
  • CMPL 143 or IDST 256
  • CMPL 240, 250, or 251
  • CMPL 697
  • ENGL 142

Four courses in film, 200 level or higher, chosen from the following list: AAAD 250, 396; AMST 268, 336, 483; ARAB 453; ASIA 224, 333, 435; ASIA/CMPL 255, 379; ASIA/FREN 451; CHIN 464; CMPL 254, 257, 280, 375, 382, 420, 463, 494; CMPL/EURO/FREN 332H; COMM 450, 452, 546, 547, 566; COMM/WMST 345, COMM 436/WMST 437; ENGL 380, 381, 389, 410, 580, 680, 682; ENGL/WMST 665; EURO/SPAN 362; FREN 373; GERM 265, 275; GERM/WMST 250; HUNG 280, 411; ITAL 333, 335, 340; PLSH 280; PORT 388; RUSS 281; SLAV 281; SPAN 361, 388; WMST 285

Additional Requirements

  • Foreign language through level 4

Additional Information for Both Comparative Literature Concentrations

Students may choose comparative literature as a second major, a particularly attractive option for those majoring in a foreign language because up to four of the foreign language major requirements can also count toward the 10-course major requirement in comparative literature.

Undergraduates majoring in comparative literature may minor in any department, curriculum, or school in which a minor is offered.

Majors should expect to work closely with the undergraduate advisor to design and follow a coherent, cohesive plan of study. Students who study abroad can generally apply their literature credits towards the major. Students completing the global cinema studies track may not complete a minor in global cinema studies.

All majors, regardless of their chosen track, must obtain at least a level 4 proficiency in a foreign language relevant to their individual area of interest. We strongly recommend that students in global cinema studies track study as many film courses in the original languages as possible.

Sophomores planning to major in comparative literature should take one course under the Great Books I rubric, which treats ancient and premodern literatures, and one course under the Great Books II rubric, which treats literature from 1750 to the present. One of these courses can be used to fulfill the General Education literary arts Approaches requirement.

 

B.A. Major in Comparative Literature: International Film and Literature Track

Core Requirements

• One course from Great Books I (CMPL courses numbered between 120 and 129)

• One course from Great Books II (CMPL courses numbered between 130 and 139)

• CMPL 143 or IDST 256

• CMPL 250 or 251

• CMPL 697

• ENGL 142

• Four courses in film 200 level or higher chosen from the following list: AAAD 250, 396; AMST 268, 336, 483; ARAB 453; ASIA 333, 379, 435, 451; CHIN 464; CMPL 254, 255, 280, 332H, 379, 382, 420, 463, 494; COMM 440, 450, 452, 543, 546, 547, 566, 651, 656; ENGL 380, 381, 389, 410, 580, 665, 680; FREN 332H, 373; GERM 250, 265, 275; HUNG 280, 411; ITAL 333, 335, 340; JAPN 378; PLSH 280; PORT 388; RUSS 281; SLAV 281; SPAN 361, 362, 388; WMST 250, 285, 437, 656

Additional Requirements

• Foreign language through level 4

More information about Comparative Studies in Literature and Film is available here.

 

Additional Information for Both Comparative Literature Concentrations

Sophomores planning to major in comparative literature should take one course under the Great Books I rubric, which treats ancient and premodern literatures, and one course under the Great Books II rubric, which treats literature from 1750 to the present. One of these courses can be used to fulfill the General Education literary arts Approaches requirement.

Students may choose comparative literature as a second major, a particularly attractive option for students majoring in a foreign language because up to four of the foreign language major requirements can also count toward the 10-course major requirement in comparative literature.

Undergraduates majoring in comparative literature may minor in any department, curriculum, or school in which a minor is offered.

Majors should expect to work closely with the undergraduate advisor to design and follow a coherent and cohesive plan of study. Students who study abroad can generally apply their literature credits towards the major.

All majors, regardless of their chosen track, must obtain at least a level 4 proficiency in a foreign language relevant to their individual area of interest. We recommend that students in the literature and film track study as many film courses in the original languages as possible and that students in the international studies in literature track do the same for their study of literature.


Bachelor of Arts in English

Listed below are the current course requirements for a major in English. Please visit this link to view the requirements prior to Fall 2009.

Requirements:

All General Education requirements apply. In addition, two of the following ten courses for the major must focus primarily on American literature (ENGL 343, 344, 345, 347, 348, 350, 351, 356, 360, 367, 368, 369, 443, 444, 445).

10 Core Courses: Intro Course #1

o    ENGL 120 British Literature, Chaucer to Pope
          Intro Course #2
o    ENGL 121 British Literature, Wordsworth to Eliot 
OR
o    ENGL 150 Introductory Seminar in Literary Studies
          Intro Course #3
o    ENGL 225 Shakespeare
 
         Pre-1660 Course (Choose one)
o    ENGL 226    Renaissance Drama
o    ENGL 227     Lit of the Earlier Renaissance
o    ENGL 228     Lit of the Later Renaissance
o    ENGL 229     Renaissance Women Writers
o    ENGL 230    Milton
o    ENGL 285    Classical Backgrounds in English Literature
o    ENGL 319    Medieval English Lit, excluding Chaucer
o    ENGL 320    Chaucer
o    ENGL 321*   Medieval and Modern Arthurian Romance
o    ENGL 325    Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
o    ENGL 326    Renaissance Genres    
o    ENGL 327    Renaissance Literature and its Intellectual Contexts
o    ENGL 328    Renaissance Authors
o    ENGL 330    Perspectives on the Renaissance
o    ENGL 423    Old English Literature-Contemporary Issues
o    ENGL 424    Middle English Literature-Contemporary Issues
o    ENGL 430    Renaissance Lit--Contemporary Issues
o    ENGL 525    Senior Seminar in Renaissance Literature
 
         1660-1900 Course (Choose two)
o    ENGL 278*     Irish Writing, 1800-2000
o    ENGL 321*     Medieval and Modern Arthurian Romance
o    ENGL 331    18th-Century Literature
o    ENGL 332    18th-Century Drama
o    ENGL 333    18th-Century Fiction
o    ENGL 338    19th-Century British Novel
o    ENGL 339    English Romantic Period Drama
o    ENGL 343     American Literature before 1860
o    ENGL 344    American Literature 1860-1900
o    ENGL 347*   The American Novel
o    ENGL 367    African American Literature to 1930
o    ENGL 373*   Southern American Literature
o    ENGL 374*   Southern Women Writers   
o    ENGL 387*   Canadian Literature
o    ENGL 436    18th-Century--Contemporary Issues
o    ENGL 437    Chief British Romantic Writers
o    ENGL 438    19th-Century Women Writers
o    ENGL 439    English Literature, 1832-1890
o    ENGL 440    English Literature, 1850-1910
o    ENGL 441    Romantic Lit--Contemporary Issues
o    ENGL 442    Victorian Lit--Contemporary Issues
o    ENGL 443    American Literature before 1860--Contemporary Issues
o    ENGL 444   American LIterature, 1860-1900--Contemporary Issues
 
        Post-1900 Course (Choose one)
o    ENGL 262    Literature and Cultural Difference
o    ENGL 266    Medicine, Literature, and Culture                    
o    ENGL 278*   Irish Writing, 1800-2000
o    ENGL 279    The Irish Literary Revival
o    ENGL 280    The Western
o    ENGL 287    Another Country: Homoeroticism in British Literature
o    ENGL 288    Literary Modernism
o    EGNL 289    Jewish-American Lit. & Culture of the Twentieth Century
o    ENGL 345    American Lit, 1900-2000
o    ENGL 347*  The American Novel
o    ENGL 348    American Poetry
o    ENGL 350    20th-Century British & American Poetry
o    ENGL 351    20th-Century British & American Drama
o    ENGL 355    British Novel from 1870 to WWII
o    ENGL 356    British & American Fiction since WWII
o    ENGL 360    Contemporary Asian American Literature
o    ENGL 364    Introduction to Latina/o Studies
o    ENGL 368    African American Literature, 1930-1970
o    ENGL 369    African American Literature, 1970-present
o    ENGL 373*   Southern American Literature
o    ENGL 374*   Southern Women Writers
o    ENGL 375    Contemporary North Carolina Literature
o    ENGL 378    Contemporary Irish Poetry: Heaney and After
o    ENGL 379    Irish Prose from Joyce to Doyle
o    ENGL 387*   Canadian Literature
o    ENGL 445    American Lit, 1900-2000--Contemporary Issues
o    ENGL 462    Contemporary Poetry & Theory
o    ENGL 479    Ireland and Modernism
 
The major requires 10 courses. All General Education requirements apply. ENGL 120 and either ENGL 121 or 150 are required for the major. 
Two of the ten courses for the major must focus primarily on American literature and come from this list: ENGL 343, 344, 345, 347, 348, 350, 351, 356, 360, 367, 368, 369, 373, 443, 444, 445.
*Courses marked with an asterisk may fit more than one catagory.  However, such a course may only be counted once; e.g., ENGL 347 may count as fulfilling either the 1660-1900 or the post-1900 requirement, but not both.
3 Elective Courses:
Students may choose three elective courses (numbered between 200 and 699) in consultation with their advisors. Students should view these elective courses (which may include any of the courses listed among the Core requirements) as an opportunity to pursue further their work in historical periods or to explore other fields, methods, themes, and approaches to literature. The three courses can share a common ground--organized, for example, around a theme; a historical period or periods; a genre; a critical approach; a national, regional, or ethnic grouping; or a writing focus--or they can combine a range of different interests. For help with creating a cluster of electives on a common theme, make an appointment with Dr. Lithgow at advsing.unc.edu
Additional Requirements
Undergraduate English majors may take a maximum of 45 hours (15 courses) of English courses. [English 100 and 105 are excluded from these totals.]
A student must have a grade of C or better (not a C- or an overall C average) in at least 18 semester hours in courses numbered 200 (30) and above to satisfy the major requirements.
English majors seeking the Bachelor of Arts Degree must also complete the General Education requirements as outlined by the College of Arts & Sciences.
Transfer Credit:
Students who have transferred English credit from other institutions and seek re-evaluation of the determination made by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions should submit re-evaluation requests via the online form here:   http://admissions.unc.edu/explore/academics/credit-for-outside-coursewor...
Students planning to take English courses at other institutions may seek such evaluation in advance.
Double Majoring in English:
Double majors are students who choose to major in any two departments (for example, English/History). English majors who choose to double major must take whatever courses are required for both majors. In addition, they must also complete the General Education requirements as outlined by the College of Arts & Sciences.