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Why Study Comparative Literature?
Comparative literature is the study of literature across the ages and across national and linguistic boundaries. Our courses also explore the relationship between literature and film, the visual arts, architecture, music and performance arts as well as other disciplines such as philosophy, history, religious and cultural studies. Comparative literature deepens our understanding of literature and enriches our experience of art and life.

While some majors pursue graduate work in either comparative literature or a specific national language, others use the broad world-perspective encouraged by the discipline to pursue careers in university or high-school teaching, international business or diplomacy, film studies or film production, book publishing or library science, and curatorships at museums or other similar cultural institutions.  Placing itself at the contact points between art, literature, and philosophy, comparative literature provides students with excellent training for employment in non-profit or commercial arts and entertainment industries as production and distribution take on increasingly worldwide proportions.