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Department of Comparative Literature

Minor in Comparative Arts

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements CMPARTMIN
The Minor in Comparative Arts is ideal for students who want to explore creativity without boundaries, bringing the worlds of literature together with the arts with as much freedom and flexibility as possible. Comparative Arts explores the dynamic interactions among literature, film, media, architecture, the visual arts, music, theatre, and the performing arts from multiple national traditions. By focusing on the interrelationship and cross-pollination of the arts, Comparative Arts asks fundamental questions about creativity, innovation, and human nature.

Humanities majors will gain new perspectives on their major fields through our interdisciplinary approach. Students in STEM fields will find the study of comparative arts particularly useful in thinking about questions of perception, sensation and sense-making, and in experimenting with different forms to express their ideas.


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours*, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Five (5) courses from the Comparative Arts list.
    • CMLT-C 151 Introduction to Popular Culture
    • CMLT-C 155 Culture and the Modern Experience: An Interdisciplinary and International Approach
    • CMLT-C 251
    • CMLT-C 252 Literary and Television Genres
    • CMLT-C 255 Modern Literature and Other Arts: An Introduction
    • CMLT-C 256 Literature and Other Arts: 1870-1950
    • CMLT-C 257 Asian Literature and Other Arts
    • CMLT-C 291 Studies in Non-Western Film
    • CMLT-C 310 Literature and Film
    • CMLT-C 351
    • CMLT-C 355 Literature, the Arts, and Their Interrelationship
    • CMLT-C 357 The Arts Today: From 1950 to the Present
    • CMLT-C 358 Literature and Music: Opera
    • CMLT-C 361 African Literature and Other Arts
    • CMLT-C 492 Comedy in Film and Literature
  2. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.