Comparative World Literature and Classics

Welcome to the Department of Comparative World Literature and Classics!

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Comparative World Literature and Classics are practical liberal arts majors for developing critical thinking and writing skills, for understanding the core of Global civilization, for developing facility with English, and for cultivating aesthetic and moral sensitivity.

Comparative World Literature is the study of foreign literatures in translation and the relationships among those literatures and between literature and other fields such as art, music, history, philosophy, and theatre. At CSULB, Comparative World Literature also offers a strong focus in cultural studies and mythology as bases for understanding literature and for the ways we see ourselves in a multicultural and global environment.

Classics includes the study of the languages, Classical Archeology, the literatures and the civilizations of the ancient Greeks and Romans and the peoples with whom they had contact. Classics offers the Bachelor of Arts in Classics and minors in Classical Studies, Latin, and Greek. Within the Classics major two options are offered, Roman Civilization and Greek Civilization.

Students interested in graduate school in Comparative Literature, Classics or Classical Archaeology should consult with the departmental advisor as early as possible in their academic careers.

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If you’re interested in majoring in Classics or Comparative World Literature, or getting a Latin Teaching Credential, you’ll find all the pertinent information here. And if you are already a student, please peruse these pages for useful and important information too.