Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies
Study with students and faculty from around the world in an environment in which students from a variety of cultures can mutually explore the literatures and cultures of a variety of nations in a variety of genres. The Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies (CLCS) program provides advanced level research training in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies for students with previous education in various languages & cultures, national literatures, or literary genres to earn either a Master's or Doctoral degree.
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Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies takes for granted that matters of everyday culture — popular culture as well as literary culture — are political matters in the way that power relations are established and sometimes challenged in conversations concerning equity, diversity, and inclusion. While the study of literature in English and the study of literature in other national languages remain fields still largely defined by linguistic and national boundaries, comparative literature, since its foundation as a field in post-war Europe, opens a wider scope. Cultural studies, the analysis of all forms of culture and of the social and political contexts of cultural practices, broadens the scope further by reconfiguring traditional disciplinary boundaries in the humanities. This broader approach is ever more crucial to our times.
Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies program has built a framework that allows faculty from a variety of departments effectively to interact with a diverse group of students in pursuing individually-designed programs of study. The program is supported primarily by the Departments of Communication, English, and World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, but the program also has affiliated faculty members in several programs and departments in the humanities and social sciences, including Anthropology, Art, Classics, Theatre, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Education, as well as interdisciplinary programs such as African and African American, Latin American and Latino, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, Jewish, and Gender Studies.
International Community of Faculty and Students
Because of its focus on intercultural communication, the Program serves to promote diversity and attracts international students from many countries, including, but not limited to, Argentina, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Students in our program are encouraged to interact and explore ideas across cultural boundaries and find new connections previously unexplored in their research topics.