Learning Outcomes: Comparative & World Literature, BALAS

Learning Outcomes for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Comparative Literature


  1. Social Awareness and Cultural Understanding / Global Consciousness: CWL students will develop a comparative understanding of national literatures in the context of a globalizing world, and an ability to situate texts in their cultural and historical contexts.
    1. Measurable by: analysis of student work samples; degree progress and course completion; focus groups; course syllabus comparison.
  2. Intellectual Reasoning and Knowledge: CWL students will appreciate the aesthetic qualities of literary texts and develop an awareness of influential critical and interpretive methods.
    1. Measurable by: analysis of student work samples; degree progress and course completion; focus groups; course syllabus comparison.
  3. Intellectual Reasoning and Knowledge: CWL students will demonstrate a general understanding of the conventions of literary genres and of the major developments in literary history.
    1. Measurable by: analysis of student work samples; degree progress and course completion; focus groups; course syllabus comparison.
  4. Creative Inquiry and Discovery: Students will demonstrate ability to express oneself orally and in writing in a clear, coherent and persuasive manner, and to construct an interpretive argument.
    1. Measurable by: analysis of student work samples; focus groups.
  5. For Comparative Literature concentration only: Students will demonstrate mastery of at least two languages.
    1. Measurable by: participation in 200-400 level courses in the original language; degree progress and course completion.