The global literary theory interdisciplinary minor, Davidson's equivalent to a minor in comparative literature, provides students with a theoretically informed, global and transnational understanding of literature and a firm grounding in major literary theories and schools. The interdisciplinary minor supports the study of literature, literary criticism, and literary and cultural theory beyond the borders of a single national or linguistic tradition or history. Such study requires not only that students study literary and cultural theory, but also that they explore literature in more than one language.
At Davidson, global literary theory relies on the teaching and scholarly expertise of faculty members from the departments and programs of Arab Studies, Chinese Studies, classics (including Greek and Latin), English, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Latin American Studies, Russian Studies, as well as some faculty in the departments and programs of anthropology, gender and sexuality studies, philosophy, religion, sociology, and theatre. Students may apply to major in Global Literary Theory through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.