24 months
28794 USD/year
28794 USD/year
9992 USD/year
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Comparative Literature offers the opportunity to study literatures in two languages and gain a working knowledge of a third, while encountering a range of world literatures. The Comparative Literature programme is offered at the Purdue University.


Key facts:

  • The Comparative Literature programme is offered at the Purdue University.
  • The program is founded on three introductory courses, Introduction to Comparative Literature, World Literature: From the Beginning to 1700 A.D., and World Literature: 1700 to the Present. In addition to focusing on particular languages, students may work in areas such as Cultural Studies, Feminist Thought, Folklore, Literary Theory, Philosophy of Aesthetics, Postcolonial Studies, Queer Studies, Rhetoric, and Visual Culture. Career opportunities include Screenwriting, Journalism, and others that require working with multiple languages and cultures.
  • The purpose of the Comparative Literature Program is to foster cooperation between the Department of English and the School of Languages and Cultures. The program achieves this purpose by encouraging the study of literature, by promoting the study of a second or third foreign language, and by sponsoring courses and dissertations that cut across national boundaries. Comparative Literature recognizes that some fields - classics, medieval studies, Renaissance, post-colonial - are inherently comparative and seeks to facilitate the work of students and scholars in these fields. The program also recognizes the role of other disciplines-particularly history and philosophy, but also the social sciences and psychology in developing theoretical approaches to literature. While recognizing the value of cultural studies and linguistics, and encouraging investigations based in these disciplines, the program recognizes that other areas make these disciplines their priority. 
  • By contrast, Comparative Literature takes as its special mandate the teaching and comparing of world literature, not only as social documents but also as works of art whose full appreciation depends on the study of languages, an understanding of diversity and globalization, and an appreciation of various media.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Arab Women Writers 
  • The Comic Vision
  • World Literature: From the Beginnins to 1700 AD 
  • Comparative Literature and World Literature 
  • British Literature through 18th Century
  • Islamic Civ & Cul
  • North African Literature & Culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample
    • Scholarly literature and culture studies essay, no more than 20 pages
  • Digital Portfolio (TA applicants only)
    • A five minute audio recording introducing yourself in both English and a foreign language
  • Resume

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28794 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14397 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    28794 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14397 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    9992 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4996 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for West Lafayette

1096 - 1774 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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