Summer Course Offerings

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The Department of Comparative Literature offers courses through the UCLA Summer Sessions program during Session A and Session C. Please check this page in late Fall 2019 for information regarding Summer 2020 course offerings.

For inquiries regarding the Department’s summer courses, contact the Comparative Literature Student Affairs Officer at

For general inquiries about Summer Sessions at UCLA, including dates, registration, and fee information, please visit UCLA Summer Sessions website.


Session A (6 weeks)

Comparative Literature 1E – Social Media and Storytelling: Comparing Cultures

Instructor: Samar Nattagh, David MacFadyen

Study of social media as platform for storytelling, with core focus on three distinct cultures: U.S., China, and Russia. History, form, and various functions of social media. Examination of how we tell stories about ourselves and how we interpret digital narratives we see, hear, or read from organizations near and far. Analysis of networked narratives encountered online.


Session A & C (6 weeks)

Comparative Literature 4DW – Literature and Writing: Great Books from World at Large

Instructor: Jason Araujo, Omar Zahzah, David MacFadyen

Study and discussion of major literary texts usually overlooked in courses that focus only on canon of Western literature, with emphasis on literary analysis and expository writing. Texts from at least three of following areas read in any given term: African, Caribbean, East Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern literature. Texts may include works by authors such as Ngugi, Desai, Kincaid, Emecheta, El Saadawi, Achebe, Pak, Can Xue, Neruda, and Rushdie.


4 OUT OF 5 UCLA students will become a Summer Bruin at some point during their undergraduate career.

There are many reasons why UCLA students become Summer Bruins:

  • Fulfill degree requirements to graduate on time or early
  • Create flexibility to double major, take up a minor, and/or study abroad
  • Have a lighter schedule to tackle and focus on courses that may be more difficult
  • Enroll in an impacted course that is very hard to get a space in during the academic year
  • Take a course of interest outside your major
  • Complete the entire Foreign Language Requirement with a language intensive course
  • Save money (Nonresident Supplemental Tuition is not assessed during the summer for out-of-state students)
  • And many more…

Incoming first year and transfer students can start as early as the summer prior to their first quarter.

It is important that you understand how specific courses will apply towards your intended degree. Please be sure to consult with your academic advisor before enrolling.


Please visit our ACADEMIC COURSES: UCLA STUDENTS page for information on the following:

  • Enrollment and registration
  • Fees and payment
  • Relevant University and Summer Sessions policies applicable to UCLA students
  • and more!

Summer is a great opportunity to fulfill GE or Writing II requirements, enroll in that much needed impacted course, or complete your graduation requirements sooner.

During the summer, many academic courses that make up UCLA’s regular curriculum are offered in two sessions, Session A and Session C . With over 1000 courses to choose from, including ONLINE COURSES, you can have a successful and productive summer no matter where you are headed.

To view a full list of academic courses offered during the summer, please click here.

UCLA ONLINE COURSES offer you the opportunity to earn credit anytime, anywhere. UCLA academic courses delivered online  carry the same unit value and UCLA degree credit, and transcripts do not indicate if a class was taken online or on campus.

Whether you will be moving back home during the summer or working full time with inflexible hours, online courses provide an alternative solution to your academic needs.

View a full list of summer online courses.