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Focus Field 1

Primary Linguistic Tradition

Students develop proficiency in a linguistic tradition by completing four upper-division courses in the chosen field. Refer to the list of linguistic traditions commonly studied in comparative literature at the University of Oregon. Note that English may be designated as the Primary Linguistic Tradition, although English cannot be used to satisfy the Language Requirement.

Of the four upper-division courses, at least three courses must be on literature, film, or theory. The fourth course may be on a non-literary topic relevant to the field such as history or philosophy.

It is important to note that satisfying the language requirement in the primary field of study does not necessarily fulfill the Primary Linguistic Tradition requirement.

Students are advised to plan their primary field of study in consultation with a Tykeson adviser. The Major Progress Form should be filled out with the intended courses.

Does my chosen course count for the Primary Linguistic Tradition?

The Primary Linguistic Tradition is the area in which comparative literature students develop rich expertise. For this reason, “bridge” courses and courses whose focus is primarily on skills do not count towards the Primary Linguistic Tradition requirement.

For lists of approved courses, click the links on the Linguistic Tradition page. Because departments frequently change their offerings, students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Comparative Literature Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Dawn Marlan, if they have questions.