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Advice for Undergraduate Majors and Potential Majors

Undergraduate Advisor, Shauna Melvin

Undergraduate Handbook

Shauna Melvin joined the College of Arts and Sciences in January of 2017. She assists Comparative Literature undergraduate students in planning course schedules that allow them to complete their degrees in a timely manner and in accordance with the requirements and policies of the department and the College.

General Recommendations:
During the first two years of their college careers, prospective comparative literature majors will be engaged primarily in broadening their general cultural background. Student comparatists will become vividly aware of connections between many academic fields. A grounding in history will enable students to see literature in the context of trends in politics, religion, science, philosophy, as well as in the arts. Given such a perspective, comparative literature students customarily enhance their literary studies with course work in one or more of these related areas. Equally important is the student's exposure to cultural events outside of the classroom. Although there are no formal extra-curricular requirements, comparative literature majors are urged to avail themselves of the exciting and very broad range of cultural events offered on the IU campus and in the Bloomington community, including top quality concerts and operas, films, poetry readings, lectures, and exhibitions at the IU Art Museum.

Undergraduate majors are expected to see the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Sarah Van der Laan and or the Undergraduate Advisor, Shauna Melvin, at least once every semester to review their progress and discuss plans for the following term. Appointments with the Undergraduate Advisor should be made by navigating to Log in, choose "Schedule an Appointment" and then search for "Elkins" to see her availability.