Requirements and Options

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Completion of the Yale College Foreign Language Requirement is a prerequisite for entry into the major. All students take an additional three courses in a foreign literature, in which they read the texts in the original language. Students who elect the intensive major develop competence in a second foreign language and take advanced courses in a second national literature. Students may also elect to include in their major two courses, or three with permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, in a related discipline such as history of art, philosophy, anthropology, music, or theater studies. The class must have direct bearing on their study of literature. One of these elective courses may be in creative writing.

The Literature Major requires fourteen term courses, including two prerequisites, one required course, and the senior essay.