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ILVS Program Requirements
Language Preparation for the Major
All students, regardless of the areas of cultural emphasis, must take one foreign language through the eighth semester, pursued concurrently with the course work of the major.
Students may choose to take up to six semesters of a second foreign language, which will serve as the secondary area of cultural emphasis, for the course work of the major.
For all other students, English will be one of the two languages of the major's course work. These courses may be in English, American, and Anglophone literatures. In some cases - for example, when the major is structured as the exploration of a genre (the novel, the epic, etc.), the English-language component of the major may include foreign literatures in translation.
Recommended Additional Preparation for the Major
Requirements for the Major
The Conceptual Focus
Conceptual focus for the major can examine domains such as: classical and medieval studies; Renaissance literature and art; the Age of Enlightenment; European Romanticism; literatures of the Third World; Asian literatures--China and Japan; Russia and the West, African-American and new world literatures; Jewish literatures in a world setting; the modern novel; studies in the epic; women authors and gender readings; world theater and film, literature and art, literature and film, art and film.
Sample majors with these emphases are published in a brochure that serves as a manual for students pursuing the major. Both students and faculty are invited to expand the repertoire of conceptual focuses, making the programs they design available to others.
Questions about program requirements should be addressed to the following faculty members
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