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Comparative Literature

University of California, Riverside

24 months
17696 USD/year
17696 USD/year
7628 USD/year
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The Graduate Program in Comparative Literature from University of California, Riverside is an internationally recognized site for advanced study in comparative literature.

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Students of the Comparative Literature program from University of California, Riverside are trained to pursue interdisciplinary and multilingual work grounded in the reading of texts in the original languages. Faculty work in areas including gender and feminist studies, postcolonial theory, poetics, media and cultural studies, critical theory, science and science fiction studies, and comparative ancient civilizations. 

Among the literatures students may work in are Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, English, Filipino, French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Latin, Malaysian, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

To enhance their interdisciplinary work and training, our graduate students work with faculty in other departments and programs at UCR, including:

  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • English
  • Creative Writing
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Philosophy
  • Dance
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Gender & Sexuality Studies
Our students have been placed at institutions including SUNY Binghamton, Williams College, Hangzhou Dianzi University (Hangzhou, China), University of Washington, Colgate University, Pitzer College, University of Redlands, Silapakorn University (Bangkok, Thailand), Queensborough Community College, California State University, LA, Peking University, Bucknell University, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Purdue University, and others.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Canons in Comparative Literature
  • Issues in Contemporary Theory
  • Topics in East Asian Literature and Film
  • Modern African Literature
  • Seminar in Comparative Literature

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  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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36 alternative credits


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General requirements

  • GRE scores sent directly from ETS. Scores cannot be more than 5 years old, dating from the intended term of matriculation at UCR. 
  • English language proficiency. All applicants whose native language is not English and who do not have a degree from an institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction must complete the TOEFL or IELTS.  
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Application fee. For international applicants, $100. For domestic applicants, $80.
  • Three letters of reference. 
  • Two official sealed transcripts from all institutions you have attended.  
  • Degree certificates. If you have graduated from a foreign institution, degree certificates are required in both the original language and English translation.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • Personal History Statement. Resumes or CVs are not acceptable in lieu of this statement.
  • Writing sample of 10-15 pages.
  • Statement of language proficiency.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17696 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8848 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    17696 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8848 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    7628 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3814 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Riverside

1100 - 1600 USD /month
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