For information about Chinese placement for the upcoming semester, visit the the Chinese Major Program page.

Discover what's new in the department:

  1. Access the Spring 2014 CMLT Newsletter to learn about faculty and student news/updates, as well as discover where around the world recent graduates' degrees have taken them.
  2. Our Spring Jamboree was a success, It featured a variety of student cultural displays from national and regional traditions across Africa and Asia, from traditional dance to contemporary break dance, food, and music. Visit the picture gallery to see images from the event.


Welcome to the Comparative Literature Department's site, where you can not only find information about our several programs and resources, but also gain a greater understanding of what comparative literature both is and does. A large and diverse department, we offer courses in world literature and languages, literary theory and interdisciplinary studies. We utilize contemporary and historical comparative approaches to European literature and culture (from Antiquity to the present) as well as African and Asian literatures and cultures. In addition to exploring other regions of the world, our mult-ethnic American literature courses also reconsider local developments. Our interdisciplinary courses focus on the intersections of literature and film or the visual arts, literature and politics, literature and music, and literature and nature.



Choose to major or minor in Comparative Literature. Students have the freedom to  incorporate their interests in languages from regions represented in other departments into a degree in Comparative Literature, including French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Arabic, to provide just a few examples.

Students can also directly explore the numerous Asian and African language programs housed inside the Comparative Literature Department:

  • Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese
  • Swahili, Yoruba

In addition to offering opportunites to study abroad, our language programs allow students to work closely with native speakers and participate in campus activities that enhance their understanding of the cultural heritage of each language.

Read on to learn about the history of the department at UGA.