Undergraduate Program

Welcome to the Comparative Literature Program!  If you have an independent mind, interests in global perspectives, and a commitment to the study of world literatures, you will find your intellectual home in our program.

Comparative Literature majors take a global approach to the study of literature, crossing national and cultural boundaries (from Slavic to Spanish, from English to East Asian languages, from Italian to Arabic), while also crossing disciplines (from literary studies to Black Studies, Chicana/o Studies, and Film and Media Studies). They have the flexibility to tailor a sequence of courses to their own interests and to learn about diverse approaches to literature from ancient to modern times.

The Comparative Literature Major offers two emphases: 1) Foreign Language: Students conduct in-depth study of literature in the original language(s).
2) Interdisciplinary: Students explore cross-disciplinary issues and relationships between literature and the arts, social sciences, or the natural and physical sciences.

Students can also complete an innovative Minor in Translation Studies, combining their interests in language, interpretation, adaptation, and cross-cultural endeavors.

Our pages will help you get an early foundation in comparative literature, understand the requirements for the program, build a course of study tailored to your intellectual goals, prepare for your semester or year of study abroad, and discover the types of career you can pursue.

Watch our short video and discover testimonials by graduate and undergraduate students who share their perspectives on comparative literature as an inspiring field of studies and the relationships they have forged between literature and other spheres of artistic and scientific endeavors.