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books, text, imagesStudents 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

global, feather, writingThe program rests on three principles:

  • foreign language training
  • individual curricular planning
  • comparative methodology.

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 second year.
The comparative literature program offers a disciplinary and an interdisciplinary major and minor. Students interested in majoring in comparative literature should meet with an adviser in the program to plan out a program of study which addresses their particular interests.

Where We Are Located

The Hobart and William Smith Comparative Literature Department is located in Demarest Hall Building.

Demarest HallDepartment of Comparative Literature
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Demarest Hall • 2nd Floor
Geneva, New York 14456
Telephone: 315-781-3347
Fax: 315-781-3348

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Department Of Comparative Literature

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
phone:(315) 781-3347
fax: (315 781-3348

For more information, contact

Grant I. Holly
Professor of English
ext. 3365, 107 Demarest

Dept. Secretary:

Susan Reece
315- 781-3347

Fax: 781-3348