The syllabus begins simply enough:
English 135. Fate and the Individual in European Literature: First semester. 2 hours credit. Open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students who secure written permission from Professor Arno Bader, 2222 Angell Hall. Th, 4-6. 2215 A. H. Instructor W. Auden
That’s W. H. Auden to you; the poet taught this course at the University of Michigan during the 1941-42 academic year, and the required reading comes to some 6,000 pages, including both warhorses (the entirety of Dante’s Divine Comedy) and showponies (Rimbaud’s Une Seison en Enfer). Oh, and nine opera libretti, in your copious free time.
I can assure you that by 1970 or so undergraduates were complaining about this sort of load; I suspect that today they object to the very idea of something being required.
(Via Pejman Yousefzadeh.)