Students examine literature across languages, geographic location, time periods, and genres by pursuing the comparative literature minor. The discipline also explores the relationship between literature and other forms of cultural expression such as pop culture, technology, arts, music, or film, as well as the relationship between literature and other academic disciplines, like anthropology, history, religious studies, or women's and gender studies. It's a great major or minor for anyone who loves to explore other cultures.

Students sometimes ask whether they need to be fluent in a foreign language in order to study comparative literature. Definitely not! While all of UWM's instructors and faculty in comparative literature do research in other languages, all Comparative Literature courses are taught entirely in English.


The College of Letters & Science requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work. The minor requires 18 credits, including the following:

COMPLIT 207Global Literature from Antiquity to the 1600s:3
COMPLIT 208Global Literature from the 17th Century to the Present:3
Select one of the following:3
Contemporary Imagination in Literature and the Arts
Experiencing Literature in the 21st Century:
Literature and Society:
Literature and Religion:
Literature and Politics:
Literature and Film:
Select 9 credits at the advanced level (numbered 300 or above), which must be taken in residence at UWM 9
Total Credits18