Comparative Literary Studies BA/MA

Students with a strong record in their major courses and an interest in graduate study are eligible to apply for the BA/MA program in comparative literary studies once they are within 4 courses of completing their undergraduate degrees. The application requires a statement of purpose, a plan of study, and two letters of recommendation from department faculty.

BA/MA students fulfill MA requirements by choosing 9 graduate courses in consultation with the director of graduate studies. These may be from CLS, the student’s first and/or second literature, and/or another discipline of interest (such as philosophy or film studies). They must include COMP_LIT 410-0 Theories of Literature and, during the final quarter, COMP_LIT 590-0 Research, in which the MA thesis is written. Three of the 9 units may count toward the undergraduate major.