Students in comparative literature pursue a broad literary education that is informed by critical theory and knowledge of comparative methodologies. The study of comparative literature is flexible and interdisciplinary. It may involve art, music, politics, philosophy, history, anthropology, and other fields. The program also engages the student with at least one culture and language other than English.
About Our Degrees or Programs
The program rests on three principles:
All students in the
program must demonstrate foreign language competence, normally defined
as passing two courses at the literature level in that language. (In
special cases, the comparative literature committee may arrange for the
fulfillment of this requirement by examination.) The student must satisfy
the prerequisite of ENG 101 Literary Consciousness, and an upper level
course comparable to a seminar in comparative literature. This course
is selected in consultation with the student’s adviser during the
Where We Are Located
The Hobart and William Smith Comparative Literature Department is located in Demarest Hall Building.
of Comparative Literature