Comparative Literature (M.A.) and Comparative Literature (B.A.) 

Comparative Literature (M.A.) and Comparative Literature (B.A.) 
Comparative Literature IUG
The Department of Comparative Literature offers an integrated B.A./M.A. program that is designed to allow academically superior baccalaureate students to obtain both the B.A. and the M.A. degrees in Comparative Literature within five years of study. The first two years of undergraduate course work include the University General Education and Liberal Arts requirements in addition to language and literature study in the major. In the third year, students are expected to define areas of interest in two primary literatures in different languages. In addition, students in the B.A./M.A. program should begin to undertake work in a second foreign language. The fourth year includes graduate-level work in methodology and the student’s selection of primary literatures, which replaces comparable 400-level senior year courses. The fifth and final year of the program typically consists of graduate work in Comparative Literature courses as well as the chosen literatures. The program culminates with an M.A. paper.
Degree Types: Integrated Bachelor and Master of Arts

About the Program

You might like this program if…

  • You are curious about other cultures beyond your own and want to learn to think critically and creatively about cultural difference and convergence in our interconnected world.
  • You want to acquire important skills such as analytical writing, argumentation, and communication in an international context
  • You are interested in acquiring knowledge of a second language and/or culture, which is a key component to success in the global economy.

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This program is housed in the Department of Comparative Literature
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