Major or Minor in Comparative Literature


As a comparative literature major in the Language, Literature and Culture Department, you will enjoy a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary and multicultural program of studies — in poetry, prose, drama, film and related arts — that cuts across national and linguistic boundaries. You'll develop and hone the components of textual analysis: identifying an author’s message and intended audience, as well as examining the effectiveness of the communication techniques employed to convey that message. In addition, by exploring authors and literary movements around the world, you will engage with many of life’s most important questions and gain valuable perspectives on the human experience.

Why Study Comparative Literature at Clark?

  • Become part of a close community inspired by the interplay between language and culture.
  • Take advantage of courses taught by faculty in numerous academic disciplines, including foreign languages, English, history, philosophy and women's and gender studies.
  • Develop skills essential to a wide range of careers: close reading, critical thinking and effective writing.
  • Benefit from the resources of the Henry J. Leir Luxembourg Program, which sponsors speakers, events and opportunities to foster the cross-cultural exchange of ideas.