The student must take a minimum of 32 credit hours before sitting for the preliminary examinations. The student must enroll in graduate seminars until the preliminary examinations are passed, so it is to the student’s benefit not to delay taking the prelims. The minimum distribution of the courses is as follows:
- CWL 582 (on the discipline of Comparative Literature)
- Three CWL core courses (551, 561, 571 and 581), of which one course must be cross-cultural.
- Two courses in the major literature beyond the work at the M.A. level. A course outside the period of specialization is recommended.
- One course in each of the minor literatures of specialization.