The University of Iowa

BA in Comparative Literature

In addition to completing General Education requirements for the B.A. degree, comparative literature majors complete a minimum of 33 semester hours with the following common courses, and one of two concentrations:

  • 48:025 Introduction to Critical Reading and Viewing (3 s.h.)
  • 48:040 Literary Classics and Film Adaptations; and 48:041 World Literature and World Film (6 s.h.)
  • 48:095 Undergraduate Seminar (3 s.h.)
  • 48:100 Introduction to Critical Theory (3 s.h.)
  • Elective upper-level cinema and comparative literature (3 s.h.)

Foreign Language and Literature Concentration

  • Courses in one foreign literature, read in original (9 s.h.)
  • Elective courses in a related area, with advisor's approval (6 s.h.)

Literature and Arts Concentration

  • Advanced courses in a single fine arts area (12 s.h.)
  • One course in comparative arts (3 s.h.)

Four-year Graduation Plan

Meeting the following milestones maintains progress under the four-year graduation plan:

  • Before third semester: at least one-quarter of semester hours required for degree
  • Before fifth semester: at least two courses in the major and at least one-half of the semester hours required for graduation
  • Before seventh semester: at least six courses in the major and at least three-quarters of the semesters hours required for graduation
  • Before eighth semester: at least nine courses in the major
  • During eighth semester: enrollment in all remaining coursework in the major, all remaining General Education courses, and sufficient semester hours to graduate