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There are eleven majors available to students within the Department of Literature. Requirements vary from major to major. Once a student has decided upon a major in literature, he or she is required to meet regularly with an advisor in the Department of Literature. Worksheets defining major requirements are available in the literature undergraduate office to help students organize their course work.

Available Majors

  • Literature/Cultural Studies (LT39): The Literature/Cultural Studies major aims to provide students with broad cultural literacy and critical thinking skills -- in language, visual media, social practices, and theories of interpretation -- which are basic, necessary cornerstones of a humanities education. 
  • Literatures in English (LT36)
  • Primary Concentration in a Foreign Language
  • U.S. Latino/a and Latin American Literatures (LT40): New Bilingual Major that allows students to do half their coursework in English and half in Spanish
  • Literatures of the World (LT38): The major in Literatures of the World allows students to expand the focus of their work beyond a single-language literature. They plan an individual program with options in regional studies (for example, Europe, the Americas, East Asia, Africa, Near East) and topical studies (for example, genre, period, gender, ethnic literature, literature and the visual arts, cultural studies, writing, Third World studies) as well as the single-language literatures.
  • Literature/Writing (LT34): The writing major is designed to provide direct experience in writing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry as well as engage the student writer in both the world of "writing culture"-- public readings, publication, and the media -- and literary theory and practical critique
  • Composite Major in Literature (LT37): The composite major in literature permits a student to develop a solid foundation in two literatures while remaining within one department

All courses taken to satisfy major requirements must be taken for a letter grade.

Special Studies courses (198s and 199s) may not be used to satisfy upper-division secondary literature requirements for the major

For official Literature Requirements, please refer to the UCSD Catalog

Student Advising:
Danny Panella
Undergraduate Advisor
117 Literature Building
(858) 534-8681
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Director Undergraduate Studies:
Jin-kyung Lee

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