About the Program

Established in 1958, the Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies Program (CLCS) is an innovative interdisciplinary graduate program devoted to the study of literature and culture from a global perspective and across languages, genres, disciplines, nations, and cultures. The program offers advanced academic training in comparative literature, cultural studies, Hispanic studies, literary translation, and world language acquisition.

Graduates with a Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies degree have multiple options in teaching and research positions and the college levels in departments of world languages, English, communication, and humanities. The M.A. Program provides a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary studies with a global focus and involving two or more languages, literatures and cultures. Doctoral students’ job placement is very high at regional, national and foreign universities. Many of our graduates are international students and find employment in their home countries or elsewhere in the world. Our graduates have been hired by The Ohio State, Indiana, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Atlántico, UAFS, John Brown, Southern Missouri and others. 


Please visit our Admissions page for all of the information pertaining to the admission process and the requirements needed to apply.

Degree Requirements:

Please visit the Graduate School Catalog for all of the requirements for the M.A. Degree in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies and the various requirements for the different concentrations (Comparative Literature, Interdisciplinary Hispanic studies, World Languages and Applied Linguistics, Cultural Stud­ies, Literary Translation) offered for the Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies.


Welcome to the page of the Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies Program at the University of Arkansas!   As program director, I want to invite you to explore our program pages, providing information about our M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees, the application process, and other related information. More importantly, I want to express that I am available to answer your questions about the program, the university and life in Fayetteville, as well as to assist you in the application process.    

We have a very flexible interdisciplinary program where students can design their own study plan, with the support of committed faculty from different departments.  As an international community of students and scholars, our program is fertile ground for innovative and critical approaches to the literatures and cultures of the world.  We hope that you apply!

Professor Luis Fernando Restrepo
Director, Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies Program
University Professor, Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
425 Kimpel Hall
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

lrestr@uark.edu / 479-575-7580 (Direct) 479-575-2951 (World Languages Dept. Office)