Bachelor of Arts in Comparative and World Literature Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 39     

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 1 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication (A2) 2 3
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 3 6
 Units15
Second Semester
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
 
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 4 3-4
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 3 3
 Units15-16
Third Semester
Any Lower Division CWL Course Except CWL 214 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) if not already satisfied 3
 
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 4 3-4
GE Area C: Arts (C1) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 3 3
 Units15-16
Fourth Semester
GE Area C: Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
GE Area D: Social Sciences (D1) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 3 6
 Units15
Fifth Semester
CWL 400GW Approaches to Comparative and World Literature - GWAR 3
Any CWL Course Except CWL 214 3
Program Electives (21 units) – Take Two 5 6
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 3 3
 Units15
Sixth Semester
Any CWL Course Except CWL 214 3
Program Electives (21 units) – Take Two 5 6
GE Area UD-B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units15
Seventh Semester
Any CWL Course Except CWL 214 3
Program Electives (21 units) – Take Two 5 6
GE Area UD-D: Upper Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 3 3
 Units15
Eighth Semester
Any CWL Course Except CWL 214 3
Program Electives (21 units) 5 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Three 3 9
 Units15
 Total Units120-122
1

To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet LLD and SF State Studies requirements (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) within your GE or major.

2

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.

3

Complementary Studies

Bachelor of Arts students must complete at least twelve units of complementary studies outside of the primary prefix for the major. (Note: Students may not use an alternate prefix that is cross-listed with the primary prefix for the major.)

Students who complete two majors or a major and a minor automatically complete the complementary studies requirement. Additional ways to complete complementary studies for students in the comparative literature major is completion of 12 units in a language other than English or in some other group of courses outside the CWL-prefix (and not cross-listed with CWL) that is approved by a major advisor (which may include, but is not limited to, languages other than English, units toward a minor or certificate, study abroad, and literature courses taught in other departments).

Students who have earned AA-T or AS-T degrees and are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement as defined by the major department. Students should consult with a major advisor about how transfer units and/or SF State units can best be applied to this requirement in order to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

4

Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied.

5

Program Electives (21 Units)

In consultation with departmental advisors, students select upper-division literature courses that reflect their chosen advising pathway6.  These courses may be from departments other than CWL (maximum five courses from a single literature).

Note: Up to four courses (12 units) in lower division literature courses may be used toward the total courses/units in the major; two courses (6 units) of these may be in non-CWL literature courses.

6

Advising Pathways

Comparative Literature:

Students following the Comparative Literature pathway are advised to take courses that meet the following distribution requirements:

  •  Two courses in a single non-English literary tradition
  •  One upper-division literature course taught in and focused on a non-English language/literature
  • A student-defined area of focus developed in consultation with an advisor

Note: Students following the “Comparative Literature” pathway may count up to three units of a non-literature foreign language course toward their degree.

World Literature:

Students following the World Literature pathway are advised to take CWL 230 and upper division courses that meet the following:

  • Courses that combine breadth with a student-defined area of focus developed in consultation with an advisor.
  • One course may focus on history or culture from an interdisciplinary perspective, or analysis of alternative media (e.g., painting, music, video games, etc.).