Integrative Exercise ("Comps")
The English Department offers a menu of four Comps options: the Colloquium Option (a group option in which participants discuss, analyze and write about a thematically coherent list of literary works); the Research Essay Option (an extended essay on a topic of the student’s own devising); the Creative Writing Option (creation of a work of literary art); or the Project Option (creation of an individual or group multidisciplinary project). The four Comps options provide majors with greater choice but also greater responsibility for successfully completing the option they choose. Some of the options have specific requirements for eligibility. All of the options have a common Comps proposal deadline early in Fall term. Students cannot change the option they have selected after their proposal has been submitted, so considerable thought should go into the choice of an option and the creation of a proposal. All of the options require students to do some kind of public presentation at a half-day Senior Symposium in spring term. Students normally take 6 credits of English 400 winter term. Sample proposals and finished comps are available on e-reserve. Please click on the links below for detailed descriptions and deadlines pertaining to each option.
Faculty Coordinators for 2013-14:
Co-Directors of Colloquium Option:
Adriana Estill (Laird 207A, x7498)
Michael Kowalewski (Laird 210, x4323)
Kofi Owusu (Laird 209, x 4319)
- Offers students the chance to integrate the skills and knowledge they have acquired as English majors by reading, discussing in small groups, and writing about a list of works organized around a theme, topic, or literary question.
- Provides an opportunity to develop an interpretive essay on a challenging topic of the student’s own devising.
- Offers students the opportunity to integrate the experience they have had of reading and thinking deeply about literature with their interest in creating their own work of literary art.
- Offers a multidisciplinary approach to the integrative exercise, allowing students to integrate their work as English majors with areas of expertise, talent, and experience in other fields. May be undertaken collaboratively.
- A Very Brief History of Carleton's Integrative Exercise