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Students take courses in Comparative Literature and at least two other national literatures. Each student individually structures a program of study under the direction of an advisor. Areas of study and research include literary theory and history, translation and interpretation, gender studies, nationalism and postcolonialism, East and West literary relations, visual representation and culture, literature and philosophy. Faculty are affiliated with the departments of English, French and Italian, Asian Languages and Cultures, Spanish and Portuguese, Classics, Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Film Studies, Humanities, and Communication.
Requires the Proseminar in Comparative Literature, Introduction to Literary Theory, and additional courses in Comparative Literature as well as a primary national literature and a secondary national literature comprising a minimum of 30 hours of course work; proficiency in two foreign languages, and an article length MA thesis (6 credits).
Requires the Proseminar in Comparative Literature, Introduction to Literary Theory, and additional courses in Comparative Literature, as well as a primary and a secondary national literature comprising a minimum of 36 hours of coursework, 30 hours of dissertation work; comprehensive examinations, advanced proficiency in two foreign languages and a good reading knowledge of a third. Students must successfully complete the comprehensive examinations, prepare a dissertation prospectus; and write and defend their dissertations.
- Hold a BA and will normally have majored in a national literature. Applicants who majored in a related field and have substantial undergraduate training in literature are also encouraged to apply. Students should have at least a 3.0 GPA.
- Complete the online application.
- Provide a statement of purpose for MA or PhD study.
- Provide three letters of recommendation.
- Submit a writing sample in English of no more than 20 pages.
- Complete the CU Comp Lit Application.
- Provide one official transcript from each college or university attended.
- Submit scores from the verbal and analytical writing sections of the GRE General Test
In addition to the above, International Applicants must:
- Submit TOEFL scores. Successful candidates will have minimum scores of 550/213 (computer based)/79 (internet based).
- Provide evidence of adequate financial support to complete a program of study (if an F-1 or J-1 visa will be requested or renewed).
Applicants must visit the department website for complete program and application materials.
Financial support is available in the form of teaching assistantships (applications on website). In addition students may be nominated for university-wide competitive fellowships. Nominations for all fellowships are based on the admission application materials, no additional materials are required. Applicants are encouraged to apply for financial aid directly to the Office of Financial Aid or by calling 303-492-5091.
University of Colorado Boulder
Comparative Literature Graduate Program
Boulder, CO 80309-0331