Loyola University Maryland

Modern Languages & Literatures

Comparative Cultures and Literary Studies Major

The Comparative Cultures and Literary Studies (CCLS) program examines culture and literature across linguistic, national, and cultural boundaries. It is offered as a major or a minor, and reflects Loyola's strong commitment to providing students with an international and global perspective.

Unlike other interdisciplinary programs, the CCLS major has a strong foreign language component and traditionally appeals to students who love language and culture and want to be active and marketable in a global world.  Major/minor declaration forms and other forms can be found here.

Courses and Participating Departments

Classics, English, Fine Arts, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Political Science, and Theology.

Major (12 required courses)

The general make-up includes:

  • Topics in Comparative Cultures and Literary Studies (ML307) or Introduction to Comparative Literature (ML308)
  • Option One
    • Two 200-level language courses AB, CI, FR, GR, IT, PO, or SN.
    • Five 300-level courses in CI, FR, GR, GK, IT, LT,  ML, or SN
  • Option Two
    • Four 200-level courses AB, CI, FR, GR, IT, PO, or SN.
    • Three 300-level courses CI, FR, GK, LT, ML, or SN.
  • Four courses from participating disciplines (AH, CL, EN, HS, PL, PS and TH).
  • CCLS Capstone Research Paper (ML402).

Special Features of the CCLS Major

  • Capstone experience (a senior project paper)
  • Participate in one of our study abroad programs
  • Interdisciplinary approach to learning
  • Access to our state-of-the-art Language Learning Center
  • Language clubs, field trips, departmental lecture series

What can you do with a major in CCLS?

  • International Business
  • Public Relations
  • Management
  • Education
  • Banking
  • Law School

Approved Courses from Participating Disciplines

  • AH 110/CL 241 - Survey of Art: Paleolithic to Gothic
  • AH 307 - Discovering Difference: Art in the Age of Encounter
  • AH 326 - The Crusades in Medieval Visual Culture
  • AH 327 - Islamic Art
  • CL/EN 211 - Major Writers: Classical Mythology
  • CL/EN 212 - The Classical Epic
  • CL/EN 214 - The Ancient Novel
  • CL 241/AH 110 - Survey of Art: Paleolithic to Gothic
  • CL/HS 313 The History of Christmas
  • CL/HS 329 - Women in Greece and Rome
  • CL/HS 337 - The Multicultural Roman Empire
  • EN 203D - Major Writers: American Literature (Professor Ellis' sections)
  • EN/CL 211 - Major Writers: Classical Mythology
  • EN/CL 212 - The Classical Epic
  • EN/CL 214 - The Ancient Novel
  • EN 307 - Seminar in Medieval Literature
  • EN 317 - Renaissance Comedy
  • EN 346D - Humor Studies
  • EN 350 - The Romantic Movement
  • EN 372 - Modern British and American Poetry
  • EN 373 - African American Literature
  • EN 374 - Modern Drama
  • EN 376 - Postcolonial Literature
  • EN 381 - Seminar in African-American Literature
  • EN 384 - Topics in Postcolonial Literature
  • EN 385 - Seminar in Postcolonial Literature
  • EN 386 - Seminar in Literature and Film, when bears the sub-title "From Berlin to Hollywood"
  • EN 387 - Seminar in Contemporary Literature
  • EN 388 - Seminar in Multi-ethnic American Literature
  • EN 390D - Literature of the US/Mexico Border
  • EN 391 - Topics in Multi-ethnic U.S. Literature
  • EN 392 - Topics in Literature of the Americas
  • EN 399 - Seminar in Literary Topics After 1800
  • HS 302 - Renaissance Europe
  • HS 303 - The Early Middle Ages
  • HS 304 - Reformation Europe
  • HS 305 - The Later Middle Ages
  • HS/CL 307 - Peace and War in Ancient Rome
  • HS 309 - Law, Lawyers, and Litigants in European History
  • HS/CL 313 - The History of Christmas
  • HS 324 - Warfare in the Eastern Mediterranean from Troy to Iraq
  • HS/CL 329 - Women in Greece and Rome
  • HS 330 - Gender, Race, and Class in Modern Europe
  • HS 335 - History of the Crusades
  • HS/CL 337 - The Multicultural Roman Empire
  • HS 345 - The Peoples of Early America
  • HS 363 - A Century of Diplomacy: United States Foreign Policy Since 1890
  • HS 367 - Black Women in the Atlantic World
  • HS 368 - The Atlantic World: Readings, Approaches, and Explorations
  • HS 371 - East Asia in the Modern World
  • HS 372D - The Vietnamese War through Film and Literature
  • HS 373 - Contesting Empire: Nationalism and Decolonization in the Afro-Atlantic World 
  • HS 374 - East Asia on Film
  • HS 377 - History of Modern China
  • HS 380 - History of South Asia in the 20th Century
  • HS 382 - Crime and Punishment in Latin America
  • HS 389 - Gender and Power in Modern Africa
  • HS 390 - Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
  • HS 393 - Introduction to Islamic History
  • HS 396 - The Modern Middle East through Literature and Film
  • HS 397 - Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • HS 398 - Global Histories of Disability
  • HS 399 - Global Environmental History
  • HS 410 - Special Topics: The Crusades
  • HS 417 - Germans in Africa, Africans in Germany
  • HS 442 - Health and Illness in Latin America
  • HS 474 - Holocaust Memory in Germany and America
  • HS 478 - Global Histories of Sexuality
  • HS 481 - Seminar: Ethnicity and Political Violence in Modern Africa
  • HS 485 - Oral History and Philanthropy in the Americas
  • HS 489 - Seminar: America in the Middle East
  • HS 490 - Seminar: Environmental History in Latin America
  • HS 491 - Seminar: Migration, Displacement, and Refugees: Middle East
  • HS 492 - Minority Identity and Citizenship in the Modern World
  • MU 306 - World Music: Common Ground, Separate Sound
  • PL 216 - Philosophical Perspectives: Asian Thought
  • PL 321 - Cross-Cultural Philosophy
  • PL 325 - Philosophy of Asian Thought
  • PL 336 - Comparative Philosophy: East-West Dialogues
  • PL 354 - East Asian Philosophy
  • PL 365 - Japanese Philosophy
  • PL 370 - Medieval Philosophy
  • PL 381 - German Idealism
  • PL 411 - Philosophy of Culture
  • PS 350 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PS 364 - International Relations through Non-Western Lenses
  • PS 365 - International Politics
  • TH 209 - Violence and Holiness in Twentieth-Century El Salvador
  • TH 214 - Friends and Foes: Jews and Christians through the Ages
  • TH 265 -  World Christianity
  • TH 266 - Christian Theology and World Religions
  • TH 278 - Christianity and Islam
  • TH 309 - Diverse Ethics in a Global Church
  • TH 323 - Worship, Culture and Justice
  • TH 370 - Liberation Theology: Roots, Branches and Critiques
  • TH 383 - Encounters between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
  • TH 385 - The Theological and the Religious in International Cinema
  • TH 388 - Eastern Christianity and Islam

Additional courses from participating departments may be approved on a course by course basis if they have a comparative dimension of if they reflect the values of a culture other than the student's.

Contact

For more information, contact Professor Thomas Ward at 410-617-2370 or tward@loyola.edu.

Ellie Mallory
Alumni

Ellie Mallory

Ellie’s Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and French double major led her to develop a unique skill set and deep empathy for communication challenges

Speech-Language Pathology, Modern Languages & Literatures