Comparative Literature

Brief Description of Concentration

booksComparative literature is the department for students who want to cross boundaries -- between languages, between cultures, between disciplines. We welcome students who are interested in studying literature in more than one national and linguistic tradition, students who want to explore literature in relation to other arts and media (e.g., film, music, visual art) or disciplines (e.g., philosophy, government, WGS, religion), and students who seek to formulate an individualized program of study within the arts and humanities.  

Learning Objectives

Students with degrees in Comparative Literature develop habits of mind that serve them well in any number of professional endeavors. The ability to write well, to read critically, to argue analytically, and to speak eloquently, translates fluently to a variety of fields. 

Gateway Courses

  • COMPLIT 97: Sophomore Tutorial
  • Any course listed under the Comparative Literature rubric provides an excellent way of exploring the concentration.  Students are especially encouraged to enroll in any of the Comparative Literature 100 classes to get a sense of what the study of comparative literature entails. 
  • Students might also consider enrolling in a course from any of the departments in the Humanities that address their interests, e.g. English; any non-English literature department (e.g., Slavic, Romance Languages, East Asian Languages, Near Eastern Languages); Philosophy; AFVS; and Women, Gender and Sexuality. 
  • Another great option is a course in a non-English literature or a language course in the foreign language the student wishes to study.