"Comparative Literature promotes the study of intercultural relations that cross national boundaries, multicultural relations within a particular society, and the interactions between literature and other forms of human activity, including the arts, the sciences, philosophy, and cultural artifacts of all kinds."
--The American Comparative Literature Association 

At any given time, the Comparative Literature graduate program has between 30 and 40 students, working in various languages and disciplines integrated by a common core of courses. Our program offers great flexibility, yet retains a commitment to grounding literary study in the knowledge of the language in which a text was originally written, as well as in a broad grasp of the range of potential theoretical approaches and historical contexts.