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About ILVS

Program Overview

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The program in International Literary and Visual Studies (ILVS) makes possible the study of literature, film, and visual arts in an international context.

The major is designed for students with a strong interest in global issues who wish to study the literature, cinema, or visual arts of two or more cultures.  The program explores the interaction of expressive media and cultures, in order to help students gain both practical and theoretical understanding of literature, film, the visual sign, gender, and culture. The major requires firm grounding in at least one foreign language.

Beyond foreign-language preparation, the ILVS major requires twelve courses, distributed according to the emphasis selected by the student. The student must choose either a literature emphasis, a film emphasis, or a visual studies emphasis, along with two geographic or conceptual areas of focus. Each ILVS major is encouraged to develop a set of questions or a topic of interest that guides course selection and eventually leads to the required senior thesis or project.

The program is administered by a committee of core faculty from Art and Art History; Classics; Communications and Media Studies; English; Drama and Dance; German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literatures; Romance Languages; and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

The program prepares students for multicultural careers in artistic production, business, communications, design, education, law, medicine, and research/cultural analysis.