Graduate Program

The Comparative Literature Program offers two closely linked graduate programs:

  1. Our MA/PhD programs in Comparative Literature is for students who have completed their BA Degrees in Comparative Literature, or English, or literary studies (other disciplines may qualify), and wish to pursue comparative studies of different literary traditions, use interdisciplinary methodologies, and develop their critical engagement with literature as a transnational phenomenon. Students can also study Comparative Literature with a French/Francophone emphasis, or Comparative Literature with a German emphasis.
    All students admitted into the MA program are also admitted into the PhD program. Continuation beyond the MA degree (a two-year program) is contingent upon meeting academic standards of scholarship and excellence while completing the MA requirements. The MA/PhD is normally a seven-year program.
  2. Our PhD program in Comparative Literature is for those who come to UC Santa Barbara with an MA from another institution. We also offer doctoral degrees in Comparative Literature with a French/Francophone emphasis, or Comparative Literature with a German emphasis.
    Students who enter with an MA from another institution are expected to satisfy all the requirements for the PhD within five to six years (a duration of six years maximum). Comparative Literature PhD students intending to work primarily in French or German Studies may do so through the specializations in those fields.

By selecting three fields linked to two different languages, students pursue a course of study tailored to their specific academic interests and developed in close consultation with their advisors. The result is a graduate program imbued with intellectual vitality and diversity. The Program offers six optional emphases, in collaboration with the relevant departmemts: Applied Linguistics, Feminist Studies, Global Studies, Medieval Studies, Translation Studies, and Writing Studies. Any of these can be one of your field of studies, or be added to your three fields of specialization. You may complete up to three optional graduate emphases, the coursework for which may interact with the requirements for your field of studies. 

Graduate study in our program requires completion of graduate courses in Comparative Literature in addition to courses offered by various other departments and programs such as Art, Classics, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, English, Feminist Studies, Film and Media Studies, French and Italian, Germanic and Slavic Studies, Religious Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, and Theater and Dance. Graduate coursework can also be done in related departments such as Anthropology, Black Studies, Global STudies, History of Art and Architecture, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology.

You may view our Learning Outcomes, Placement of alumni, and Program Requirements by dowloading the appropriate files in the download area below.
Check the current requirements for our program on UCSB Catalogue, entry for Comparative Literature.