The Advanced Certificate in Comparative Approaches to the Literatures of Africa, the Middle East, and the Global South (CALAMEGS) offers a unique avenue for students wishing to study, in a systematic comparative way, the literatures of Africa, the Middle East, and Global South. Drawing on multiple courses offered by full-time faculty in literature and area studies departments at NYU, it gives theoretical and methodological direction through a mandatory introductory seminar.
The required introductory seminar is Comparative Approaches to the Literatures of Africa, the Middle East, and the Global South, COLIT-GA 2511 (4 points). Students must also complete two courses (8 points) of Comparative Literature electives and two courses (8 points) of general electives, for a total of 20 points, to complete the Advanced Certifcate. The Comparative Literature electives and general electives must be approved by the directors of the program. Lists of pre-approved courses of each type will be made available on the Comparative Literature departmental website each term. In addition to selecting courses from these lists, students may also request the review of other courses for approval, at the discretion of the directors, to fulfill these requirements.
The Advanced Certificate is available as a stand-alone program or as part of a dual degree with the Ph.D.s in Comparative Literature, English and American Literature, and Italian Studies.