Students enrolled in the CLCS program come from around the world, and from across a variety of different academic backgrounds. They work on projects that range from Border Studies, Literary Translation, Trauma Studies, Literary Criticism, Gender & Queer Studies, World Literature, Critical Race Theory, Post-Colonial Studies to Performance Studies, Digital Humanities, Film Studies, Graphic Novels, Media & Genre Studies, Videogames and anything else in-between. Students are able to choose and mix together from amongst a number of these classical,  early modern, or contemporary topics to build together an academic advising team from faculty all over campus to work on their projects.


Student Handbook

We have prepared a Student Handbook to help guide students entering the program and to address recurring questions about graduate study and post-graduate employment with a degree in Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies.

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Unlike most academic degrees, the Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies program gives the freedom to students to develop their own individually-designed schema based on their academic interests, as opposed to offering a definitive course catalog for each concentration. Students are welcomed to pick from courses available all throughout campus to later align with the degree requirements or to compliment their development.  This does present its own challenge, but you can work with your advisors each semester to pick classes that will benefit your research and prepare you for the comprehensive exams.  Our students pursue degrees on highly variable timelines, from part-time to full-time, from students with clear scholar projects to thosebeginning to frame their inquiry around an established field, so each path promotes cross-cultural understanding and ensures boundary-crossing perspectives and approaches from each student.


Student Profiles

To get a good grasp at the inter-disciplinary work of our program, take a look at our Student Profiles page to see what previous and current students have chosen for their course work, mentors, and thesis topics utilizing faculty and resources from around campus. 

International Community

You will be interacting with a diverse set of peers from which you will be recieving feedback and  develop your ideas with. Previous countries that students have come from include:

  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Cameroon
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Colombia
  • Egypt
  • Germany
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Mexico
  • Pakistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sri Lanka
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • United States
  • Vietnam