In the Comparative Literature major, students examine literature across languages, geographic location, time periods, and genres. The discipline also explores the relationship between literature and other forms of cultural expression such as pop culture, technology, arts, music, or film, as well as the relationship between literature and other academic disciplines, like anthropology, history, religious studies, or women’s and gender studies. It’s a great major for anyone who loves to compare, contrast, and explore other cultures.
Students sometimes ask whether they need to be fluent in a foreign language in order to study comparative literature. Definitely not! While all of UWM’s instructors and faculty in comparative literature do research in other languages, all Comparative Literature courses are taught entirely in English. Comparative Literature majors choose one of two paths – one path that requires some literature courses be taken in a foreign language program, or another path where all classes are taught in English.
Our alumni can be found working in university and K-12 education, the arts, politics, law, library services, publishing, social services, journalism and communications, editorial roles, marketing, fundraising, corporate sales, consulting, and many other fields. Their knowledge and skills in cross-cultural communication, critical analysis, reading and comprehension of complex text, and writing are highly valued.
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Prospective students, contact our admissions counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-229-7711.
General questions such as how to declare, how to change a major, general education requirements, etc. should be directed to the College advising office at email@example.com or 414-229-4654.
Specific questions about Comparative Literature, such as research opportunities, internship opportunities, major requirements, etc., should be directed to Prof. Demetrius Williams.
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- 2023 UWM Phi Beta Kappa Honor SocietyCongratulations to all of the 2023 inductees to Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society from UWM, including those from the Department of Global Studies: Emma Lynn Blanchette (French and Linguistics double major) Jennifer Olson (Global Studies major) Abby Schroder (English major, … Read more
- Congratulations to the 2023-2024 RASCL Scholarship recipients!Congratulations to Tabitha Lindstrom and Abby Schroder, the 2023-2024 recipients of the Roy Arthur Swanson Merit Scholarship in Comparative Literature! We are so happy to have you both in the program as minors, and delighted to be able to support … Read more
- 414 for UWM Giving DayOn April 14, UWM celebrates “414 Day.” This year the 414 for UWM Giving Day campaign runs from noon on Thursday, April 13 through noon on Friday, April 14. Please consider supporting UWM and the students of Comparative Literature, French, … Read more
- Career ClosetThe UWM language departments and programs are holding a professional clothing drive. This will take place from April 3rd- 21st. The items we are looking to be donated include dress shirts, blouses, dress pants, blazers, belts, suits, shoes, skirts, ties, … Read more
- Professor Seymour-Jorn awarded Institute for Research in the Humanities FellowshipCongratulations to Professor Caroline Seymour-Jorn, who has been awarded a 2023-2024 UW System Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW-Madison for her project "Arab Literary Selves in the Global Arena."
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Comparative Literature pairs well with every other major!
It is common for students of Comparative Literature to double major in an additional subject. The mental muscle that students develop when comparing, contrasting, and analyzing literary works leads to exceptional problem-solving skills for business, education, marketing, engineering, library science, political science, economics, and more.
Our small class size in comparative literature also guarantees close relationships with faculty. Whether you choose a comparative literature major or minor, students receive personalized attention and have ample opportunities to partner with faculty on research projects.
UWM offers a wide range of on-campus resources, such as academic support and mental health resources. Students also find community within our student centers.