Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature BA
Comparative Literature explores exciting approaches to literature and culture in a global context. It also examines global media (print, visual, electronic), and engages with questions of ethics, human rights, and the real-world contexts of literary and cultural production.
Degree Types: Bachelor of Arts

Degree Options

  • Student-Designed Thematic Concentration
  • Foreign Language Concentration
  • English
  • Foreign Languages
  • Theatre
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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.


  • International literature
  • Film and Literature
  • Graphic Novels Around the World
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Ethics and Human Rights in Global Literature
  • Video Game Literature Studies

Out-of-Classroom Experiences

  • Penn State Office of Strategic Communications
  • Penn State Digital English Studio
United Kingdom

Post-Graduation Opportunities

  • Law school
  • Graduate school to study English and library and information science
Library/Information Sciences, Management, Marketing, Research, Service (Teach for America), Sports Operations

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This program is housed 

in the Department of Comparative Literature 
at Penn State University Park.
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