Graduate Studies in Comparative Literature
The Comparative Literature program at Washington University in St. Louis offers an M.A., a Ph.D., and a joint Ph.D. with Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish, as well as a certificate in Translation Studies.
The Ph.D. in Comparative Literature
The Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Washington University requires 60 units of coursework. Course distribution includes at least 12 units in Comparative Literature core seminars, including CL 402/502 (Introduction to Comparative Literature), as well as normally a minimum of 12 units (four courses) in one primary concentration (typically a national literature), and 6 units (two courses) in a secondary concentration (typically a national literature). Click here for a sample guide through the Ph.D. program requirements and here for the form used to track requirements.
The Ph.D. in Comparative Literature for International Writers
A special Ph.D. track in Comparative LIterature is available for international writers. Click here for more information.
The M.A. in Comparative Literature
The M.A. in Comparative Literature requires 36 hours of coursework, including CL 402/502 Introduction to Comparative Literature and three additional courses in Comparative Literature on the 400 or 500 level. The remaining 24 hours of course work on the 400 and 500 level may be pursued in Comparative Literature or in affiliated departments or programs. Students desiring to be admitted to the Ph.D. should plan their course of study so as to build a solid foundation for the Ph.D. All students earning an M.A. in Comparative Literature must demonstrate superior skills in English and, as a minimum, reading ability in one additional language pertinent to their areas of interest. Click here for a sample guide through the M.A. program requirements.
Students engage in mentored teaching experiences to gain pedagogical experience. Students teach in Comparative Literature and/or in one of our allied programs, including language instruction. In order to be qualified to teach in a language department, students may be required to take the relevant course in language pedagogy.
Students are encouraged to spend time abroad either for language study or research or both. Extended periods of study may be supported through University grants or funding from external sources, such as Fulbright fellowships and grants from the U.S. and other governments. Washington University maintains relations with universities, research centers, and libraries in the U.S. and abroad that can provide research assistance to qualified students.