Introducing students to the ways in which literature and language help structure the experience of different world cultures and the manifold possibilities open to those living within them.
The Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture department offers students the opportunity to design, in consultation with department faculty, a fully interdisciplinary major that engages at least one specific literature and language, and one specialized external discipline of their own choosing. Students might elect, for example, to study German literature in relation to music, Ancient Greek literature and culture in relation to biology, Russian prose and poetry in relation to film; alternatively, students might wish to compare the literature and culture forms of different language groups—Roman epic in relation to Spanish novel, Ancient Greek and modern French philosophy, and so forth. To develop the student’s capacity for pluralized understanding, we ask that each major take at least two courses within the department in literatures and cultures outside their area of specialization, as well as an introductory methods course on contemporary trends in literary and cultural studies. At present, students can pursue specializations in German, Russian, Ancient Greek and Latin; students may also specialize in languages outside the department, pending the other department’s approval and cooperation. See catalogue for full details.
- Damian Stocking:
Department Chairstocking@oxy.edu(323) 259-2807
- Romy Corona:
Department Services Coordinatorrcorona@oxy.edu(323) 259-2769