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Language Requirement

In order to receive a BA with a major in Comparative Literature, students must complete both the Comparative Literature language requirement and the UO language requirement.

Language requirement for the COLT Major

Students are strongly advised to complete their language requirement in a language relevant either to their chosen linguistic tradition or to their disciplinary focus. (Note: the language requirement may not be satisfied through the study of English.)

The language requirement is completed by satisfying either of the following:

  • The student is a native speaker of a language other than English
  • The student has completed at least three 300-level courses taught in a language other than English. Note that these courses must have been taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of mid-C or better.

Note that some students may complete the Language Requirement in the course of completing the Primary Linguistic Tradition; however, courses used to satisfy the Language Requirement may not be taught in English.

Note that some courses may count both for the Language Requirement and for the Primary Linguistic Tradition.

Students should fill in the Language section of the Major Progress Form indicating their plan to satisfy the Language Requirement.

Questions regarding the Language Requirement should be directed to the Comparative Literature Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Dawn Marlan.

Language requirement for a BA degree at the University of Oregon

Here is a tool that students can use to get information about how to fulfill their BA second-language requirement, information that is keyed to each particular student’s situation (for instance, planning to complete it through UO coursework, through coursework from another school, through an exam, or through documentation of language experience and expertise):