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Focus Field 2

Choose Track

Students choose either the Language and Culture Track or the Disciplines in Dialogue Track in consultation with a Tykeson adviser. Students are encouraged to map out their intended course of study using the Major Progress Form.

Language and Culture Track

Students in the Language and Culture Track take three upper-division courses in a designated Second Linguistic Tradition. (Note: the chosen linguistic tradition may be English).

Click here for a list of the linguistic traditions commonly studied in comparative literature at the University of Oregon. Other traditions may be chosen, but must be approved by the Comparative Literature Director of Undergraduate Studies. Click for link to PDF of approved courses for each tradition.

Does my chosen course count for the Second Linguistic Tradition?

“Bridge” courses and courses whose focus is primarily on skills do not count towards the Second 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.

Disciplines in Dialogue Track

Students in the Disciplines in Dialogue Track emphasis take three upper-division courses in a designated disciplinary focus field (e.g., creative writing, philosophy, cinema studies, psychology, art history). Courses taken in this disciplinary focus may be spread out across several subject codes, with the approval of the Comparative Literature Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Dawn Marlan.

The Second Focus Field brings a student’s comparative project into “focus.” For example, a student interested in Latin American media might take courses in SPAN to fulfill the Primary Linguistic Tradition requirements and then designate Latin American Studies as the Disciplines in Dialogue Field, taking courses in CINE, LAS and Journalism. A student interested in African Studies might take courses in ENG or FR to fulfill Primary Linguistic Tradition requirements and then designate African Studies as the Disciplines in Dialogue Field, taking courses in AFR, HIST, or ARB. Students interested in Philosophy might take courses in ENG, FR, GER, SCAN for the Primary Linguistic Tradition requirements and then designate Philosophy as the Disciplines in Dialogue Field, taking courses in PHIL.