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Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature B.A.

Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 32
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Courses in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (CSCL) pursue questions and ways of knowing that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. Students study culture as a set of complex connections and interrelations: between texts and everyday life, ideas and the material world, discourse and power. The CSCL major strives for a broad, international scope, ranging widely across history and geography. The central focus is on the cultural mechanisms through which a society's ways of knowing, value systems, and individual and collective identities are generated, disseminated, challenged, and reinvented. The goal of the program is to produce critical and self-critical readers prepared to actively participate in the intellectual conversations and social struggles that shape global culture in our time.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 4 semester(s) of any second language.
Students must complete a minimum of ten courses for the major: two introductory (1xxx) courses plus seven at upper division levels. To allow for flexibility, the tenth course may be taken at any level. The Senior Project requirement may be satisfied by fulfilling one of the following options: - Completion of a project within a directed study (CSCL 3993, 4993, 5993) - Completion of a project within a 3xxx or 4xxx course (arrangement with instructor) - Completion of coursework, including substantial writing, in any CSCL 5xxx course - Completion of an Honors thesis or project Note for CSCL/CL/CSDS topics courses (3910, 5910), directed studies (3993, 4993, 5993), and internships: Students may use up to a total of three of these in their major, no more than two in any one category (two topics courses; two directed studies/internships). Such courses may be counted as elective courses without prior approval or as major courses with prior written approval from the CSCL undergraduate adviser or director of undergraduate studies. Internships fall under the category of directed studies: students find a faculty member willing to work with them and submit a Faculty/Student Contract form under the course number 3993, 4993, or 5993. In exceptional cases, courses from other units may be substituted for department major courses if approved by the undergraduate adviser or the director of undergraduate studies. Grades in the major must be C- or better and taken on an A-F basis.
Preparatory Courses
CSCL 1001 - Introduction to Cultural Studies: Rhetoric, Power, Desire [AH, DSJ] (4.0 cr)
or CSCL 1101 - Literature [LITR] (4.0 cr)
or CSCL 1301W - Reading Culture: Theory and Practice [AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
or CSCL 1401W - Reading Literature: Theory and Practice [LITR, WI] (4.0 cr)
CSCL 1201 - Introduction to Cinema and Media Culture [AH] (4.0 cr)
or CSCL 1501W - Reading History: Theory and Practice [HIS, WI] (4.0 cr)
or CSCL 1921W - Introduction to Film Study [AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
Major Courses
Take 5 or more course(s) including 3 or more sub-requirements(s) from the following:
Discursive Practices and Genres
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· CSCL 3172 - Music as Discourse [AH] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3173W - The Rhetoric of Everyday Life [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3174 - Poetry as Cultural Critique (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3175 - Comedy: Text and Theory [AH] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3177 - On Television [CIV] (4.0 cr)
· CSCL 3179 - Reading Literary Movements [LITR] (3.0 cr)
· Subjectivity and History
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· CSCL 3421 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3422 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3456W - Sexuality and Culture [DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3458W - The Body and the Politics of Representation [HIS, WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3461 - Monsters, Robots, Cyborgs [LITR] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3465 - Aliens [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3472 - Gay Men and Homophobia in American Culture [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3621W - Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures and Theory: 1700 to the Present [LITR, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· Ideologies and Disciplines
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· CSCL 3115 - Cinema and Ideology [AH] (4.0 cr)
· CSCL 3176 - Oppositional Cinemas [GP] (4.0 cr)
· CSCL 3361 - Visions of Nature: The Natural World and Political Thought [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3979 - Issues in Cultural Pluralism [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· Critical Theories and Methods
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· CSCL 3321W - Theories of Culture [AH, WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3331 - Science and Culture [AH] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3412W {Inactive} [WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3413W - Psychoanalysis and Literature Part II: Post Freudian Criticism [WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3557W - Close Reading [LITR, WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3771 - Basic Concepts of Literary Study (3.0 cr)
· Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· CSCL 3xxx
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· CSCL 1xxx
· CSCL 2xxx
· CSCL 3xxx
· CSCL 4xxx
· CSCL 5xxx
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· CSCL 4xxx
· CSCL 5xxx
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
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