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Welcome to Comparative Literature

Foreign languages. World Literatures. Study abroad.

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, African, Asian, and American literatures and cultures. In addition to exploring other regions of the world, our multi-ethnic American literature courses also gauge localized regional developments. Our interdisciplinary courses focus on the intersections of literature and cultural studies,  film and other visual arts, literature and politics, literature and music, and literature and the environment. 

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Learn more about our multiple programs and resources as well as gain a greater understanding of what comparative literature both is and does.   

Read the UGA Today article that covered the initial Betty Jean Craige Lecture, which featured Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung.

Learn about the history of the Comparative Literature Department at the University of Georgia.


     Learn what you can do with a major in Comparative Literature.

     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 possbilities for majoring and minoring in our 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 and literature 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.    



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Comparative Literature
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Athens, GA 30602


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