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ILVS Program Requirements


Language Preparation for the Major
Students are expected to have a firm grounding in two languages, one of which may be English. One of these languages will serve as a primary area of cultural emphasis, and the other as a secondary area for the course work of 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
An introductory survey course in the literature of each cultural area of emphasis is strongly recommended, as are history courses in areas related to the conceptual focus of the major, and acquisition of technical proficiency in a visual discipline (e.g., calligraphy, painting, sculpture, filmmaking, theatrical design, or computer graphics and design), or a creative writing discipline (e.g., fiction, poetry, drama, essay, autobiography or journalism).

Requirements for the Major
The major consists of twelve courses, not counting those taken for language preparation. At least one of the twelve courses should be a seminar, directed study, or other intensive course requiring a substantial integrative project. The particular distribution of courses is determined by the emphasis selected by the student. The twelve-course selection is a fixed part of the major. Courses that may serve two categories of requirement cannot be double-counted within the major. Any changes in the proportions of these categories must be approved by petition to a committee of core faculty.

The Conceptual Focus
Students are expected to define, in close consultation with an adviser, a suitable conceptual focus and interaction of subjects, so that the specific combination of courses is neither arbitrary nor superficial. The active role of the adviser is crucial to a student's pursuit of this major.

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