Comparative Literature

Event Date: 

Monday, February 1, 2021 - 2:30pm

The Comparative Literature Program encourages its students to study abroad through the UC Education Abroad Program. In an increasingly globalized world, exposure to other cultures can help students gain new perspectives and achieve a greater understanding of the world in which we live. College is an ideal time to take advantage of the opportunity to live abroad for a summer, a semester, or a year. In addition to developing your self-confidence, independence and perspectives, your international experience will benefit your career goals and/or graduate school opportunities.

Why study abroad? 

EAP offers unparalleled opportunities to obtain the broader perspectives, knowledge, and skills necessary to be effective professionally in our rapidly changing global world.

The benefits of studying and living abroad are tremendous. You can:

  • Immerse yourself in the language and life of your favorite author
  • Study literature in its country of origin and see what it means to its people
  • Experience firsthand a culture you have studied
  • Learn a language by immersing yourself in the everyday vernacular spoken on the streets
  • Enhance your resume for job or graduate school applications

    Returning UCSB EAP students often describe their experience abroad as a life- changing and uniquely valuable 
    one for future choices of professional and personal goals.

When should I study abroad?

The particular year, semester, or summer that you study abroad depends on what courses you plan to take. Students interested in Language and Culture programs, or in fulfilling major preparation and General Education requirements, can participate as early as their sophomore year. Students wanting to fulfill upper-division major requirements should study abroad during their junior or senior year.

Where should I study abroad?

Comparative Literature majors can take classes in literature or comparative literature at a number of EAP host institutions. These classes may be taught in English or in the host language. 

Students should also consider one of the intensive Language and Culture programs offered by UCEAP to fulfill their foreign language requirement for the major. Possibilities include programs in Europe, South America, and Asia.

What classes should I take?

The department generally accepts UCEAP coursework for the major as long as the content clearly fits into the guidelines below:

Lower-division
Area A: Equivalent of levels 1-6 of a foreign language.
Area B: The department recommends that you complete the two required lower-division comparative literature courses at UCSB. (For students following requirements prior to 2013-2014, you need to complete three lower-division comparative literature courses).
Recommended: 2-3 introductory courses on Art History, History, Philosophy, or Religious Studies, covering the antiquity to the modern and contemporary period.

Upper-division - Interdisciplinary Emphasis
Areas A & B: Three courses in Comparative Literature (12 units), including either 100 (Introduction to Comparative Literature) or 101 (Introduction to Literary Theory).
Area C: Two literature courses from either Comparative Literature or from departments of world literature (8 units).
Area D: One upper-division literature course taught in a foreign language (4 units).
Area E: Three upper-division courses (12 units) that are not about literature. 
Area F: Comparative Literature 198 (4 units), focused on a research project, with faculty advisor approval.

Upper-division - Foreign Language Emphasis
Areas A & B: Three courses in Comparative Literature (12 units) including either 100 (Introduction to Comparative Literature) or 101 (Introduction to Literary Theory).  
Area C: Three literature courses from either Comparative Literature or departments of world literature (12 units).  
Area D: Three upper-division literature course taught in a foreign language (12 units). 
Area E: Comparative Literature 198 (4 units), focused on a research project, with faculty advisor approval.

Comparative Literature Minors

Comparative literature minors are encouraged to study abroad by taking a Language and Culture program that offers the equivalent of first or second year language study. Remember, 12 upper-division units for the minor must be completed in residence at UCSB.

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Use Gaucho Credit Abroad to search for the types of credit (i.e. major, minor, GE areas, or electives towards graduation) that UCSB students received for courses taken on UCEAP. You can find more UCEAP courses in the UCEAP Course Catalog and additional course listings on UCEAP partner university/program websites.

All UCEAP students automatically earn UC credit for the work they complete abroad. However, the application of credit to major requirements is subject to the discretion of the department and approval of the college. 

How do I get started?

Academic Planning Form Tutorial

Gaucho Credit Abroad Database