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About Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature is concerned with the study of literary forms and cultural artifacts produced throughout the world. Comparative literature students learn a variety of literary and cultural productions considered in their historical and geopolitical contexts and interrelations, while gaining an in-depth understanding of at least one literary-linguistic tradition of their choice. They also develop the analytical and critical abilities, and methodological tools to conduct comparative and interdisciplinary research.
 
Why study Comparative Literature?  A degree in Comparative Literature provides you with:
Language Skills Use of at least one language other than English in reading, writing, critical analysis and comparative cultural perspectives.
Writing Skills In addition to writing essays and papers for courses, Comparative Literature majors have the experience of researching and writing a senior thesis under the mentorship of two faculty members (a thesis advisor and a second reader).
Critical Thinking Skills The knowledge of literary and critical theory that has long been associated with European comparative literature and a working knowledge of contemporary philosophical and literary debates.
Knowledge of Literature A solid grounding in literary analysis, theory, and a working knowledge of world literature.
Comparative Cultural Perspectives Experience in the theoretical and practical issues of working across cultures, in the comparative study of different cultural traditions, in the critical understanding of cultural exchange and conflict.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Exposure to the challenge of working with the tools of more than one discipline; a working knowledge of the changing nature of literature for a variety of disciplines.
 
Thanks to its dedicated and diverse faculty, the Comparative Literature Program at Fordham is able to accommodate students with widely divergent interests and background in their pursuit of a Comparative Literature major or minor.
 
Life After Graduation
A degree in Comparative Literature offers provides excellent preparation for work in professional areas that require strong critical analysis skills and effective written expression. With an intense training in critical thinking, writing, and research, Comparative Literature students are well prepared to work in law, publishing, business, journalism and teaching.

Our graduates go on to various kinds of exciting careers. Many continue their education, earning advanced degrees in Comparative Literature, English, foreign languages and literatures. Others attend professional schools for Law, Social Work, and Journalism. Students also have had varied occupations in non-profit organizations (e.g., the Film Society of Lincoln Center) and the corporate financial world, as well as individual artistic careers.
 


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