About Comparative Literature & Languages

Our undergraduate programs and Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature train students to become inventive, thoughtful, strident, and uncompromising readers. Our faculty work closely with students, giving to them the single thing which the imperatives of speed reading and ready-made answers, within and outside of the university, cannot stop laying claim to—time.

Undergraduate students in our department gain a new sense of the world, as they read and study film and architecture, literature and philosophy, religion and poetics, human rights and critical theory, and more.

Students in our Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature receive training in literary history and theory, as they are trained to practice literary comparativism in a multilingual, interdisciplinary, and multi-medial frame, and in relation to social forms and practices.

For more information about our language programs and College Breadth requirements, click here.