The courses in the first year of the program offer foundational knowledge in the field of comparative literature and a basic introduction to the masterpieces of world literature. The introductory courses in this year include two methodological introductions: “Introduction to Prose” and “Introduction to Poetry” (each accompanied by a tutorial in which students engage in close readings and analysis of selected literary texts); two historical introductions: "Masterpieces of World Literature I" (which spans from Antiquity to the Middle Ages) and "Masterpieces of World Literature II" (which spans from the Renaissance to the present); and a general introductory course to the field of comparative literature, which deals with encounters between literatures and cultures and the relation of literature to questions of aesthetics, politics, ethics, and more. Alongside these introductory courses, students may choose from a range of elective courses on different literatures.
The main goal of the studies in the second year is to complete the introductory education in comparative literature, enabling every student to start focusing on her or his fields of interest. During this year, two basic theoretical courses are given, which together offer a preliminary historical and theoretical survey of key topics in literary criticism throughout history. The courses are: “Landmarks of Criticism – From Plato to Nietzsche” and “20th Century Critical theories: Basic Topics”. Each of these courses is accompanied by a tutorial in which topics and issues raised in class are clarified, giving an opportunity to conduct a wider, more in-depth discussion. Alongside these courses, numerous elective courses in a variety of subjects are open to the department’s students.
The last year of the bachelor’s degree allows students to participate in a wide range of courses both inside and outside of the department. During this year students write a seminar paper – a comprehensive work of research – in a subject of their choosing. In addition, every student must take over the course of the degree one course in each of the following elective units: “Antiquity”; “The Middle Ages/Renaissance/Enlightenment”; “Modern and Contemporary Literature”; and “Interdisciplinary Studies”.