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Comparative Literature, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Athens, GA, United States
Students have the primary responsibility, in consultation with their Major Professor and other faculty members, to plan the courses and otherwise to fulfill the requirements for the degree.


We are one of the largest Comparative Literature departments in the world, with a full-time faculty of seventeen. We offer a series of courses in European literature from the Middle Ages to the present, as well as courses in the literatures of East and Central Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, East Asia and South Asia. We also have regular offerings in literary theory and interdisciplinary studies, including courses in literature and cinema, East Asian cinema, literature and the visual arts, literature and music, and literature and science.

The programme

We are also the home department of eight Asian and African language programs: Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Korean, Vietnamese, Swahili, Yoruba and Zulu. Students in these programs develop their communication skills through regular interaction with native speakers, and they participate in various activities that enhance their understanding of the language’s cultural heritage.

The department also encourages international study by serving as the home department for Study Abroad programs in Avignon, Budapest and Tanzania, with a fourth program soon to be available in India.

We offer undergraduate majors in Comparative Literature and Japanese, as well as undergraduate minors in Comparative Literature, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Asian Languages and Literatures. Full-time faculty teach all upper division courses, most of which have small enrollments that afford close interaction between students and their professors. Our advisors meet regularly with undergraduate majors to help them develop a program of study tailored to the student’s individual interests and needs.

At the graduate level, we award the degrees of MA and PhD in Comparative Literature. Graduate seminars are offered in the major periods and genres of European literature, as well as in the literatures of East and Central Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, East Asia and South Asia. The department has a strong emphasis in literary theory, and we welcome students with an interest in multicultural and interdisciplinary studies. With faculty and graduate students from around the world, the department makes every effort to foster an intellectual community that is diverse, open and dynamic.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Humanities Today 
  • Thinking Literature: Creative Forms of Knowledge
  • Cultural Memory and Citizenship
  • Literature Across Cultures: Transculturality and New Comparativism
  • Media Materialities
  • Distant Reading. Digital Tools and Textual Analysis
  • Masterclasses: Work in Progress

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Application for admission
  • Application-processing fee
  • Transcripts
  • Entrance test scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Certification of finances forms (international applicants)
  • Any supplemental material required by the department

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24692 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24692 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24692 USD/year
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  • In-State

    8704 USD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Athens

  • 720 - 1170 USD/month
    Living Costs

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