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Comparative Literature, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #561 (QS) , SC,
The Graduate Program in Comparative Literature at University of South Carolina is designed to enable students to develop competence in the study of two or more literatures. Based in the College of Liberal Arts, the Program is staffed by an interdepartmental group of graduate professors from the Departments of English, and Languages, Literatures, & Cultures.


Graduate study in Comparative Literature should not be confused with the study of world literature in translation. Students are urged to read widely. Some reading in translation is necessary, but stress is placed on the reading of texts in the original. Instead of attempting to survey vast areas of literature, the student strives for excellence in his or her principal language(s), in methodology, and in selected areas of literature. The goal of the comparatist is multi-lingual study, with a high proficiency in at least one foreign language. Clearly, students who choose to major in Comparative Literature should have both an aptitude for languages and a deep interest in literary study. The program is delivered by University of South Carolina.

It is the bilingual and cross-cultural stress, more than anything else, that distinguishes the Comparative Literature student from the English major. Hence, all students at the doctoral level are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester in a country where their first foreign language is spoken. Study Abroad programs are available through the Languages Department whereby a student teaches for a year at a foreign university, for instance at the University of Bamberg or Mulhouse.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Classics of Western Literary Theory
  • Modern Literary Theory
  • Topics in Contemporary Literary Theory

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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General Requirements

What application materials are required by all departments in The Graduate School?

  • A baccalaureate degree (or the international equivalent) from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended for course credit
  • Standardized test scores (consult the program to which you are applying for particular test requirements)
  • Two or more letters of recommendation
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  • Application Fee
  • English Proficiency Requirement
  • Other Supporting Materials
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    29196 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14598 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    29196 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14598 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6825 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Columbia

  • 999 - 1510 USD/month
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