Course Work

A candidate for the Coterminal Master’s Degree in Modern Thought and Literature must complete at least 45 units of advanced graduate work to be divided in the following manner:

  • The required introductory colloquium, MTL 334A: Concepts of Modernity I (5 units) Students may substitute MTL 334B: Concepts of Modernity II (5 units) with permission of the Director.
  • 20 units in a coherent and individually arranged interdisciplinary program, including at least one further graduate colloquium and relevant to the student’s study of literature.
  • 20 units in a modern literature, from 1750 to the present.

During the senior year candidates may, with consent of their instructors, register for graduate courses—usually one or two. During the fifth year (or the three quarters after the quarter in which the student has completed 180 units), students will take the remainder of the required 45 units. All programs must be approved by the student’s Master’s Program advisor.

Students must submit a revised study plan in the quarter prior to degree conferral for final approval by the Director of Modern Thought and Literature.

Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate by the end of their course of study a reading knowledge of one foreign language. This may be fulfilled in any of the following ways: 

Passing the reading examination given each quarter by the various language departments.

  • Passage with a grade of B or higher of a course in literature numbered 100 or higher  in a foreign language department at Stanford or the equivalent  taken at another university.
  • Satisfactory completion of one of the “reading courses” for graduate students:  FRENLANG 50, “ITALLANG 50, SPANLANG 50—or an equivalent approved by the Director.

Applicants for the Coterminal Master’s degree are advised to consult the Stanford Bulletin and must check with the Registrar’s Office regarding University requirements.