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Overview for Comparative Literature

A program that focuses on two or more literary traditions in the original languages or in translation. Includes instruction in comparative linguistics; applicable foreign languages; English/French language and literature; literary criticism; and applications to genre, period, national, and textual studies as well as literary forms such as poetry, prose, and drama.

Careers for Comparative Literature Majors

A major in Comparative Literature is highly relevant for the following careers. National averages for wages in each career is provided.

Colleges Offering a Major in Comparative Literature

Top 50 U.S. Colleges with the highest percentage of Comparative Literature among the 2008-2009 graduating class.

AddInfoCollege Name Degrees Awarded/
Percentage
SelectivityTuition
Bard College at Simon's Rock
Great Barrington, MA
 7
(15.2%)
 $40,165 
American Jewish University
Los Angeles, CA
 4
(13.3%)
 $22,352 
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Mahwah, NJ
 82
(6.6%)
Moderately Selective$18,771 
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University of California-Merced
Merced, CA
 3
(4.1%)
Less Selective$31,185 
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, TX
 55
(2.3%)
Moderately Selective$20,340 
Brown University
Providence, RI
 31
(2.0%)
Most Selective$38,048 
Haverford College
Haverford, PA
 6
(2.0%)
Most Selective$39,085 
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Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
 22
(1.9%)
Most Selective$35,340 
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA
 6
(1.9%)
Highly Selective$38,034 
Hamilton College
Clinton, NY
 8
(1.8%)
Most Selective$38,220 
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Degrees awarded represents the number of bachelor's degrees awarded among the 2008-2009 graduating class.