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Comparative Literature

If you love literature and want to explore texts written in different languages, the comparative literature major may be the perfect choice for you.

What to Expect

One of few undergraduate programs of its kind nationwide, comparative literature offers you the chance to work with outstanding faculty members who are ranked 10th in the nation in research productivity. You will hone important skills such as reading, writing, critical thinking and the ability to understand and communicate in one or more foreign languages.

During your senior year, you will write a thesis, which will allow you to synthesize the work you've done throughout your pursuit of the degree. As a comparative literature major, you can expect lively classroom discussion built around the close reading of literary texts and the larger questions that arise from reading literature.


Undergraduate Degree

B B.A. in Comparative Literature

The Comparative Literature Program, an interdisciplinary program in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, focuses on the teaching of foreign languages, their associated literatures and global culture. Students learn from native speakers, benefit from innovative Web-based programs where they interact directly with their peers in other countries and study with professors who have written the books they use in courses.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature:

  • World Literature
  • What is Comparative Literature
  • Great Books of the Western World I and II
  • Great Books of the Eastern World
  • Topics in Comparative Literary Relations
  • Senior Thesis

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Graduate Degrees

The Comparative Literature Program offers both a Master of Arts and Ph.D in Comparative Literature.

Graduate Director: Francisco Sanchez 803-777-9734,
Program Contact: Barbara Wachob, 803-777-0473,

Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School.

Graduate Director: Francisco Sanchez 803-777-9734,
Program Contact: Barbara Wachob, 803-777-0473,

Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School.

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