Comparative Literature (PhD, MA)

Program Overview

Graduate programs in the Department of Comparative Literature possess a long-standing commitment to critical theory and a progressive understanding of the discipline. Examining the ways in which the humanities have engaged with socio-political and ethical concerns in a contemporary world, our interdisciplinary and progressive perspective generates new and exciting scholarship. A clear emphasis on language and linguistics allows for thinking through the temporalities and nuances of addressing the fundamental questions concerning the study of the humanities. Our programs provide qualified students with the framework necessary for studying not only a broad range of literatures, but also other arts and the pursuit of translation studies or interdisciplinary studies.

The department offers three avenues of graduate study with Master of Arts (MA) and doctorate options. It features, in addition to its primary MA and PhD programs in comparative literature, an MA in translation studies, a unique interdisciplinary doctoral program in philosophy, literature, and the theory of criticism, as well as a PhD in translation studies through the internationally recognized Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP). Students seeking entry into any of these degree programs must be able to do graduate-level work in one or more foreign languages and must make substantial use of the foreign languages they command while completing coursework.

Degrees Offered

  • PhD in Comparative Literature
  • MA in Comparative Literature

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

Students work closely with the director of graduate studies and the directors of specific programs to formulate a curriculum that meets their needs and maintains the standards of the discipline.

Each spring, the Comparative Literature MA and PhD students organize a graduate conference that stands out for its distinctive keynote speakers and international contributors. Typically addressing topics related to interdisciplinarity, the conference attracts broad attention from students and scholars throughout the humanities, arts and social sciences.

Binghamton University's Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development is an additional resource for students. The Fleishman Center provides many useful services that aid professional development, including mock interviews, résumé critique and career workshops.

After You Graduate

Many graduates of the Comparative Literature program have earned placements at international universities on several continents. But even more teach in the United States at public universities or private colleges, in roles that vary greatly due to the range of skills that our program offers. Graduate students who are funded at Binghamton gain additional experience through teaching assistantships or research assistantships, which provide the training that institutions seek.

Admission Requirements


There are many funding and scholarship opportunities at Binghamton. We encourage prospective students to review available program-specific scholarships and awards, and visit the program's website for additional information. PhD students who are registered and/or certified full-time will receive a scholarship that covers the cost of broad-based fees (this does not include international student fees). Note: Master's students are generally self-funded, although funding opportunities occasionally arise.

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!

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