Literature

Literature offers a secondary field for students who are interested in the study of literature, literary and cultural theory, and other forms of representation in more than one culture or language.

Requirements: 6 half-courses

  1. Sophomore tutorial

  2. Two courses in a literature other than English with readings of primary texts in that language.
    Note: Since only one half-course in concentration may double-count for the secondary field, students concentrating in a foreign language and literature program may substitute one of the above courses with either:

    1. a course in the same language that is taught in a different department and does not count for concentration;

    2. a course in a different language that does not count for concentration; or

    3. an additional course from offerings in Literature and Comparative Literature. (See 3, below.)

  3. Three courses from offerings in Literature and Comparative Literature. (See note above.)

Other Information

All courses must be letter graded and must be passed with a grade of B- or above. Freshman Seminars may not be counted towards the fulfillment of the above requirements. However students may count courses taken while studying abroad as well as courses taken at the Harvard Summer School towards secondary field requirements. Students pursuing a secondary field in Literature will receive preferential access to Literature courses with limited enrollment.

Advising Resources and Expectations

All students interested in pursuing a secondary field in Literature should contact the director of studies, Dr. Sandra Naddaff (617-495-5650, snaddaff@fas.harvard.edu), as soon as possible to discuss their program of study. Since only Literature students are allowed to enroll in Literature 97, students persuing a secondary field in Literature should contact the director of studies before the first meeting of the sophomore tutorial. The director of studies will be responsible for advising these students, although the expectation will be that students working towards a secondary field in Literature will monitor their own progress towards fulfillment of the requirements.