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Literature/Cultural Studies Major

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

  • Literature/Cultural Studies major checklist
  • Student and department event announcements
  • Quarterly course information and highlights

You will also find the Faculty Advisor for the Literature/Cultural Studies major, which changes annually.  Your faculty advisor will be available to assist you with such issues as academic progress, research opportunities and career paths within your field.

2016-2017 Faculty Advisor
Professor Ari Heinrich (F)
Professor Ping-hui Liao (WS)

Major Requirements

Literature/Cultural Studies major checklist
  1. Three lower-division courses:
    1. LTCS 50 and 52
    2. Third course may be selected from: LTEN 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 60; LTWL 4A-B-C-D-F-M; TWS 21-22-23-24-25-26; or LTWL 19A-B-C.
  2. Six upper-division LTCS courses (one of each from the four a–d focus areas):
    1. Reading Visual Culture: LTCS 170, 171, 172, 173
    2. Popular Cultures: LTCS 110, 111, 114, 118
    3. Culture and Globalization: LTCS 125, 133, 140, 141, 145
    4. Social Identities: LTCS 130, 131, 132, 135
    Note: At least one upper-division LTCS methods course is recommended and will fulfill the upper-division requirement: LTCS 100, 102, 120, 155.
  3. Three courses in a secondary literature, that is, a literature taught in a language other than English. At least one of these courses must be upper division. Upper-division courses taken to satisfy the secondary literature requirement may be counted as part of the twelve upper-division courses. Special studies courses (198s and 199s) and courses in foreign literatures taught in translation do not apply to the secondary literature requirement. 
  4. The remaining upper-division electives, to total twelve upper-division courses, can be drawn from these existing Department of Literature courses:
    1. Literatures in English: LTEN 150, 160, 178, 180, 181, 183, 184,185,186,187,188, 189
    2. Literatures in French: LTFR 145,164, 170
    3. Literatures in Italian: LTIT 122, 140, 150
    4. Literatures in Korean: LTKO 100
    5. Literatures in Spanish: LTSP 123, 137, 150A, 150B, 154, 170, 174, 175, 176, 177
    6. Literature/Theory: LTTH 110, 115, 150
    7. Literatures of the World: LTAF 110, 120, LTAM 100, 101, 102, 108, 109, 111, 130, 132, LTEA 120A, 120B, 120C, 120D, 138, 142, 143, 144, 145, LTWL 110B, 114, 116, 120, 124, 141, 155, 160, 180, 181, 183, 184, 185
    8. Literature/Writing: LTWR 110, 113, 115, 119, 121

Course Information

(a) = Reading Visual Culture
(b) = Popular Cultures
(c) = Culture and Globilization
(d) = Social Identities

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 have a foreign language requirement, 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

Literature/Cultural Studies majors 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)!  Literature/Cultural Studies majors may apply up to 5 upper division courses from study abroad to their major requirements.  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:



Contact us through...

Map to the Literature Building

Walk-in Advising

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

Virtual Advising Center

Virtual Advising Center

We respond to messages
Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm 
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