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Comparative Literature M.A.

Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, 235 Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-8099; fax: 612-625-4170)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Arts
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Note: Students are not admitted to work toward the MA degree. In the event that a PhD student decides not to finish the PhD and is in good standing, that student may apply for a terminal MA. Comparative literature is the oldest field of literary criticism, dating back to the seventeenth century. Among the wide range of studies currently conducted in comparative literature nationally and internationally, this program focuses on theories of literary criticism and its explanatory bases; indeed the program is seen as one of the principal initiators of such fields of study. This program is likewise engaged in pushing the bounds of critical inquiry in related domains of literary studies, directing much of its energies toward the intersection of literature with other media (in various constellations of word, sound, and image) and of literatures of the global North with those of the global South, engaging problems ranging from narrative to post-colonial studies. The curriculum emphasizes seminars and directed research. The core requirement is a two-semester Basic Research Seminar (CL 8001-8002) that develops critical and analytic skills, and introduces current theoretical perspectives with the study of historical problems. Each entering graduate student also enrolls in courses that focus on developing skills and experience in teaching and other professional domains. Apart from core courses, many courses are nonrecurring and closely relate to current faculty research. A major portion of coursework for degrees in Comparative Literature is cross-listed with the literature and language departments. Approval may also be given to take graduate courses in such areas as anthropology, art, architecture, history, music, philosophy, political theory, and sociology. In all cases, students should consult their advisors and the director of Graduate Studies concerning course selections.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Students are not admitted to work toward the MA degree. In the event that a PhD student decides not to finish the PhD and is in good standing, that student may apply for a terminal MA.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
    • Speaking test score: 0
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan B: Plan B requires 18 to 24 major credits and 6 to 12 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:One Plan B paper of approximately 40 pages is required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Language Requirement: Proficiency in two languages (other than English)
A minimum GPA of 3.50 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Required Courses
CL 8001 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
CL 8002 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CL 8901 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
Major Electives
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CL 5xxx
· CL 8xxx
Additional Comparative Literature Courses in the Related Minor Field
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CL 5xxx
· CL 8xxx
Formal Minor or Supporting Program
Take 6 or more credits in related fields outside Comparative Literature, or in a formal minor in another program (excluding Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society).
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