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Comparative Literature: Languages, Literatures and Cultures, B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Study language, literature, art and culture in a way that speaks to your own passions and interests. Gain proficiency in two foreign languages as well as knowledge and experience for international career opportunities.

The skills obtained in this interdisciplinary, customizable major are highly desired by employers and include multilingualism, critical thinking, research, writing and global cultural awareness. Comparative literature majors go on to careers in scholarship, law, teaching, publishing, international relations and social advocacy.

Program Highlights

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    Global Focus

    Pursue the study of literatures in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic or Russian.

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    Research Skills

    Graduate with research distinction by writing an optional thesis in consultation with a faculty advisor.

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    Strong Foundation

    Gain broad exposure to ancient and modern world literary traditions plus key theoretical approaches to the discipline.

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    Supportive Program

    Form close mentoring relationships with faculty members, and choose courses that are tailored to your individual interests.

What You’ll Study

Join a highly ranked and recognized interdisciplinary program in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. You'll examine literature from a multitude of different perspectives and follow a program of study that can be shaped by your own interests in multiple languages, literatures and cultures.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Communication

    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Foreign Language Skills

    Communicating effectively to understand different cultures and foster global connections

  • Intercultural Competence

    Developing the skills to communicate effectively and work collaboratively across cultures


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems


    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.

Potential Careers

  • Educator
  • Lawyer
  • Publisher
  • Social Advocate
  • Researcher

Workplace Settings

  • International Relations
  • Education
  • Business
  • Nonprofits
  • Law

Comparative literature aligns a lot with what I'm personally interested in and also provides practical skills. It’s about drawing inferences, making connections and thinking critically. Those are things that you can use in any career.

Makayla Hansen
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