Ph.D. students are required to take two seminars dealing with literary or cultural issues prior to 1800. Seminars will satisfy the historical breadth requirement if at least 50% of their material deals with a period prior to 1800.
The two seminars taken to fulfill this requirement may be in the same period or in different periods, and may be literature seminars or seminars offered in another department, such as history, art history, or philosophy. Ideally, the seminars will be related in some way. For example, they might deal with a single national tradition, with different but related national traditions, or with different literatures written in the same language and sharing a certain history, such as French and Quebecois writing. On the other hand, the two seminars might deal with a problem, such as early modern intercultural relations (Europe and the Islamic world, or Spain and the New World) or slave cultures in the Americas in the 18th century.
Depending on their content, seminars taken to fulfill the historical breadth requirement may simultaneously fulfill the language requirement as well as the distribution requirements in the primary literature and in theory.