The Department of Comparative Literature takes a global approach to the study of literature, crossing national and cultural boundaries -- from ancient to modern times. Students with independent minds and international perspectives find their intellectual home in our program.
Our curriculum traverses national cultures -- from Slavic to Spanish, from English to East Asian languages, from Italian to Arabic. It also intersects with other contemporary disciplines -- from literary studies to Black Studies, Chicana/o Studies, and Film and Media Studies. Students may tailor their sequence of courses to their own interests and learn about diverse approaches to literature in a range of eras.
The Comparative Literature Major offers two distinct emphases: Foreign Language, in which students conduct in-depth study of literature in its original language; and Interdisciplinary, in which students explore issues and relationships between literature and the arts, social sciences, or the natural and physical sciences. We also offer a minor in Translation Studies.