Comparative Literary Studies

Degree Types: PhD

Graduates of Comparative Literary Studies leave with the historical knowledge, linguistic skills, and interpretive methodologies necessary to undertake scholarly research on and to teach literature in at least two languages.

The graduate faculty (drawn from all of Weinberg College’s literature departments, as well as art history and philosophy), offer courses and mentoring in a wide array of literary fields, including African, Middle Eastern, and Latin American as well as European and English-language literatures. The program’s methodological areas of strength include classical traditions, critical theory, modernism, poetry and poetics, and visual culture and media.

In addition to their studies within the program, students also take coursework and qualifying examinations in their chosen “home department,” which provides training comparable to that of a Ph.D. in a national literary field, qualifying graduates to work in national language and literature departments. Students’ teaching and research assistantship opportunities are coordinated with their specific goals.

Many of our students participate in TGS’s Interdisciplinary Cluster Initiative program, which provides an additional interdisciplinary intellectual “home.” Please visit the Interdisciplinary Cluster Initiative page.

See Comparative Literary Studies Degree Requirements for specific classes and procedures needed to complete this program.

PhD Program Statistics