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Comparative Literature Department

Welcome to Comparative Literature!

Comparative Literature is the home for the study of literature and media as global phenomena here at Fordham. A core mission of our diverse program is the exploration of other languages and cultures. Our courses will give you the opportunity to learn about great works of art and ideas from around the world and from every historical period while preparing you for the career you want in today's global society.

As a Comparative Literature Major, you will

  • take a required course in literary and/or intercultural theory that will introduce you to current debates about literature and culture;
  • you will take upper-division courses in a non-English language to hone your linguistic and analytical skills;
  • you will get the chance to work closely with a faculty advisor on a final paper or creative project that reflects your own interests and ideas.

Our highly individualized major makes it possible for you to pursue a personalized course of study under the guidance of a faculty mentor who will help you discover, deepen, and broaden your knowledge, interests, and global awareness.

As part of Comparative Literature, you will have opportunities to travel abroad, get internships here in New York City, and contribute to the student-run literary journal Bricolage. Comparative Literature majors get jobs in media, the arts, education, public service, business, and the law.