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Our graduate program is flexible. Students are encouraged to define their own interests and, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and their academic advisor, design programs suited to their particular needs. A core seminar series in the first year of residence, plus a course in pedagogy, constitute the only required courses.

Courses appropriate to one's areas of interest are chosen from within the comparative literature or comparative studies in discourse and society programs or from other departments or programs in the Graduate School.

The curriculum emphasizes small seminars and directed research. The first-year core seminars in both comparative literature and comparative studies in discourse and society are practicums aimed at the development of critical and analytical skills, in which current theoretical perspectives are introduced in conjunction with the study of specific and varied historic problems. 

Through study of specific artifacts in historic contexts, the seminar focuses on such issues as:

  • the role of coercion and persuasion in the maintenance and manipulation of social boundaries and hierarchies
  • the interrelations of center and periphery in the production, dissemination and reception of expressive forms
  • differences and relations among high, popular, and mass culture
  • the place of education in the work of cultural replication
  • the encoding of ideological constructs within specific cultural artifacts
  • the strategies of cultural resistance

The rest of both the CSDS and CL curriculums consist of highly topical seminars built around specific areas of current research and faculty expertise; the themes necessarily change regularly. More information on seminars and all other graduate courses can be found on ClassInfo.

Fall 2020

There are no CL courses available for Fall 2020.
Please see classinfo.umn.edu for more info.

Course NumberCourse TitleSections
CSCL 5910Topics in Cultural Studies and Comparative LiteratureSections [2]
CSCL 5993Directed StudySections [4]
CSCL 8001Basic Research Seminar in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature ...Sections [1]
CSCL 8444FTE: DoctoralSections [1]
CSCL 8888Thesis Credit: DoctoralSections [1]
CSCL 8910Advanced Topics in Comparative LiteratureSections [2]
CSCL 8993Directed StudySections [2]

There are no CSDS courses available for Fall 2020.
Please see classinfo.umn.edu for more info.

Spring 2021

There are no CL courses available for Spring 2021.
Please see classinfo.umn.edu for more info.

Course NumberCourse TitleSections
CSCL 5555Introduction to SemioticsSections [1]
CSCL 5993Directed StudySections [1]
CSCL 8002Basic Research Seminar in Comparative Literature IISections [1]
CSCL 8666Doctoral Pre-Thesis CreditsSections [1]
CSCL 8901Intro to the Profession: Critical Methods of Research, Pedagogy, and C...Sections [1]
CSCL 8910Advanced Topics in Comparative LiteratureSections [1]
CSCL 8992Directed Reading in Comparative LiteratureSections [1]
CSCL 8994Directed ResearchSections [1]

There are no CSDS courses available for Spring 2021.
Please see classinfo.umn.edu for more info.