The Comparative Literature Program at UCSB affords maximal flexibility for students wishing to pursue a course of literary study that traverses national and disciplinary boundaries. Our program's study of literature intersects with fields such as philosophy, psychoanalysis, media-technology, religious studies, science, art history, and visual culture. Strength in literary theory  further enables students to develop their skills as critical thinkers and analysts of literary and other discourses. 

Graduate students who add a doctoral emphasis in Translation Studies examine the role of translation in the development of national cultures, world literature, and comparative studies, deal with the tensions between textual and cultural translations, and develop their own practice as translators, readers and writers of literary texts.

The Graduate Center for Literary Research (GCLR) aims to enrich and enhance the experience of graduate students and faculty involved in literary studies, by promoting interdisciplinary dialogue and encounters at various levels. More generally, one of the major strengths of our program is the vital and close interactions between graduate students and faculty, and our graduate students' rich input in all the program's facets.

Fostering a vital sense of community and engagement, the Comparative Literature Program provides undergraduates with the opportunity to work closely with faculty in their fields of study. It offers its graduate students extensive guidance and support in their teaching, research and community engagement as they develop into successful professionals. Alumni from our graduate program have secured research/teaching positions or post-doctoral fellowships in humanities departments at Dartmouth, Harvard, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Yale and at other outstanding colleges and universities.