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About ILVS

Program Overview

The program in International Literary and Visual Studies (ILVS) makes possible the study of literature, film/media, 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/media, 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 (except those on the World Literature track).

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, a visual studies emphasis, or a world literature emphasis, along with two geographic areas of focus. (The World Literature track requires to study literatures from at least three regions.) 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 the Director: Professor Hosea Hirata (Dept. of ILCS) and the ILVS executive committee: Professor Nina Gerassi-Navarro (Dept. of Romance Studies), Professor Tasha Oren (Dept. Drama and Dance), and Lecturer Silvia Bottinelli, (SMFA, Dept of Visual & Critical Studies).

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