Prepare for a career in multilingual, cross-cultural literary scholarship in a program that fosters global understanding and produces research that pushes the boundaries of humanistic knowledge.
Consider topics from a cross-cultural perspective in our renowned and rigorous degree program that you can tailor to your interests. Become a highly proficient comparatist able to teach in your languages of expertise. Work with professors across multiple disciplines, and enjoy access to the languages lab and rare books collection.
Study in one of the Top 10 comparative literature programs in the nation for faculty productivity (Chronicle of Higher Education).
Travel overseas and teach for a year at a university in another country.
Help organize our annual conference, which brings internationally renowned scholars, and even present your own work.
Form close mentoring relationships with members of our diverse faculty and within our welcoming community.
What You’ll Study
You will complete graduate-level work in your language of expertise and demonstrate reading knowledge in two specialty languages. Candidates also select an additional language (with approval) for the study of at least three national literatures. The program culminates in a doctoral dissertation and a series of written and oral exams.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Foreign Language Skills
Communicating effectively to understand different cultures and foster global connections
Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments
Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs
Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems
Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students
Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Foreign Language Educator
Job Titles of Alumni
- Associate Professor
- Academic Adviser
- Department Director
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $115,744
Employers of Alumni
- Anderson University
- Butler University
- Charleston Southern University
- The University of New Mexico