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What will I learn?

Comparative literature is the oldest field of literary criticism, dating back to the seventeenth century. Among the wide range of studies currently conducted in comparative literature nationally and internationally, this program focuses on theories of literary criticism and its explanatory bases; indeed the program is seen as one of the principal initiators of such fields of study. This program is likewise engaged in pushing the bounds of critical inquiry in related domains of literary studies, directing much of its energies toward the intersection of literature with other media (in various constellations of word, sound, and image) and literatures of the global North with those of the global South, engaging problems ranging from narrative to postcolonial studies. The curriculum emphasizes seminars and directed research. The core requirement is a two-semester Basic Research Seminar (CL 8001-8002) that develops critical and analytic skills and introduces current theoretical perspectives with the study of historical problems. Each entering graduate student also enrolls in courses that focus on developing skills and experience in teaching and other professional domains. Apart from core courses, many courses are nonrecurring and closely relate to current faculty research. A major portion of coursework for degrees in Comparative Literature is cross-listed with the literature and language departments. Approval may also be given to take graduate courses in such areas as anthropology, art, architecture, history, music, philosophy, political theory, and sociology. In all cases, students should consult their advisers and the director of Graduate Studies concerning course selections.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (71 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$28,452.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January, September 2022

Venue

College of Liberal Arts

215 Johnston Hall,

101 Pleasant Street SE,

MINNEAPOLIS,

Minnesota,

55455, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from an officially recognized college or university outside the U.S. may apply for graduate admission. In general, most graduate programs prefer an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher for admission. Other English Language Requirements:  MELAB score of 80.

For international students

The BS and/or MA degree in a humanities or a social science discipline, or other relevant field, is required for admission to the PhD.

English Language Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL iBT – 79; IELTS Academic – 6.5; MELAB – 80; Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) – 59; Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced – 180.

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