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Composite Major in Literature

Welcome to the Composite Major in Literature undergraduate page.  Here you will find the major and minor requirements, contact information, career planning and study abroad resources and quarterly-updated information like:

  • Composite Major in Literature checklist
  • Student and department event announcements
  • Quarterly course information and highlights

Your faculty advisors will be unique to the concentrations you have chosen (and you can find them on the major pages for those specific concentrations).  Your faculty advisor will be available to assist you with such issues as academic progress, research opportunities and career paths within your field.

Major Requirements

Composite major in Literature checklist
  1. Students will select two literatures of concentration (Literature 1 and Literature 2).
    1. One of the literatures must be in a language other than English.
    2. Both concentrations, however, can be in non-English literatures; thus a student can choose English and French, for example, or Russian and Spanish, French and Italian, German and Latin, Spanish and English, etc., but not Literatures of the World or Literature/Writing.
  2. Students will meet all lower-division major requirements for each of the two literatures of concentration. You can view the lower-division major requirements on the major checklists for those specific concentrations.
  3. Students will take eight upper-division courses in each of the two selected literatures of concentration for a total of sixteen upper-division courses.
    1. These must satisfy the upper-division course requirements for each of the two majors. Thus, for example, if one of the concentrations is English, the student must include courses from each of the four stipulated categories; if one of the concentrations is Spanish, upper-division courses must include a pre-1900 Spanish Literature course.
    2. Beyond the upper-division requirements for each literature of concentration (Literature 1 and Literature 2), students will take a sufficient number of elective courses in each of the two literatures of concentration to make a total of eight upper-division courses in each chosen concentration.

Course Information

Tips for Transfer Students

Before you transfer...

  • Check Assist, the official source for articulation and student transfer information. You will see how your lower division courses will transfer to UCSD. 
  • This major does include coursework in at least one non-English language, so students are highly recommended to start taking courses in their chosen language as early as possible.
  • We are happy to assist any students who are planning to transfer to UCSD.  If you would like guidance prior to transferring, please email us at litprospective@ucsd.edu or call us at 858-534-3210.

After you transfer...

  • Please check your transfer record on TritonLink . Are all the courses you took listed? Are the UC San Diego equivalent courses listed beside the courses you took? If you took a course and it does not appear on your TritonLink record, please contact the Admission's Office for corrections. 
  • If you took a course that does not appear on Assist and you think it is equivalent to one of our courses, you can file an undergraduate student petition with the Literature Department for review. We will be happy to go over that process with you if you have any questions.
  • Once you've received all possible UCSD credit for your transferred coursework, you are ready to make an academic plan.  Our Academic Advisors are happy to help you with this during our walk-in advising hours.
    • YOU SHOULD BE ENROLLED IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE COURSE IN YOUR FIRST QUARTER AT UCSD.  If you need assistance determining which course is appropriate, please call us at 858-534-3210.
    • After transferring coursework and filing undergraduate petitions, many transfer students find that they still have lower division requirements to fulfill.  It is highly recommended that you substitute upper division courses for these requirements, and our Academic Advisors have lists of pre-approved courses for this purpose (only applicable for lower-division LTEN courses).

Study Abroad for Your Major

Composite Majors in Literature are highly recommended to study abroad!  Aside from being an amazing experience, study abroad coursework can be applied to your major requirements (and actually decrease your time to graduation, if planned right)!  Composite Majors in Literature may apply up to 6 upper division courses from study abroad to their major requirements, with no more than 4 going to one concentration.  Learn more about study abroad opportunities:

Careers in Literature

Students who major in Literature pursue a wide array of career paths.  UCSD and the Department of Literature have many resources to aid you in your career exploration and development:


Alumni Highlight:


Composite Literature Alumni - Stephen Lehtonen

Stephen Lehtonen, ’03

Composite Literature: English & Italian

Lehtonen heads up the Southwest region for Grail Research, a strategic research firm that blends strategy consulting and market research to provide organizations with answers to their most important business questions. He is also the Board Chair for Breakaway Education, an after school partner for K-12 schools and a talent pipeline provider for the next generation of educators. The organization recruits, trains, and supports aspiring educators to take their passion and teach it to K-12 students in after school programs.



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Walk-in Advising

Literature Building, Room 110
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm

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