Comparative Literature (BA, minor)

Program Overview

As either a major or a minor, the comparative literature program allows students great freedom to explore an area of their choice. The department encourages cross-disciplinary work between students of many fields of interest through cultural and linguistic borders. Students will learn different national literatures as well as the literatures of ethnic groups, exposing them to philosophy, modern theory, cultural studies and translation studies from distinctive communicative contexts.

Degrees Offered

  • BA in Comparative Literature


  • Translation, Research and Instruction Program
  • Comparative Literature

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

To expand upon the skills you will learn as a comparative literature major, exploring internships in areas that interest you is highly encouraged. Your internship experiences can be as vast and varied as you would like them to be. If you have specific interests, speak with a professor within the department to explore research opportunities.


Some courses to consider in your first year:

After You Graduate

With a background in comparative literature, your potential careers are unlimited. You will be able to use your ability to critique, express, describe, analyze and clarify language and composition. Here are just some of the career and career fields that are open to you:

  • academia
  • advertising
  • advisor
  • advocate
  • analyst
  • author
  • broadcaster
  • business owner
  • developer
  • editor
  • foreign service worker
  • historian
  • librarian
  • lobbyist
  • marketer
  • media specialist
  • museum (coordinator, educator, curator)
  • Peace Corps
  • public servant
  • publisher
  • radio
  • sales
  • script writer
  • social worker
  • speech writer
  • teacher

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!

For more information, visit the Comparative Literature website.