The mission of the Comparative Literature Graduate Program is to provide rigorous, interdepartmental graduate training in the discipline of Comparative Literature and to foster research and collaboration within those disciplines involving national literatures and their academic languages at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
The Comparative Literature Graduate Program is administered by a committee, called the CLGP. The faculty of the CLGP are drawn from a variety of departments from the College of Arts & Sciences. Only those faculty who maintain active participation by teaching and advising students are considered members.
The Program offers both an MA and a PhD in Comparative Literature
The MA is intended as either a preparation for doctoral study in the field or as a terminal degree in its own right. In addition to an undergraduate major in a relevant field, students applying for admission to the MA program in Comparative Literature should have completed three years of college level study or its equivalent in one foreign language. Students are also encouraged to begin study of a second foreign language before applying.
Students are accepted for doctoral study in Comparative Literature directly from the BA or after completion of an MA in Comparative Literature, a national literature, or a related discipline. All students seeking admission to doctoral study must be prepared to take graduate level courses in two foreign languages. The doctoral program does not provide time for remedial language work. Students unable to meet this requirement should consider applying for the MA program. Prospective students should review the MA and PhD Guidelines for details on the requirements of the degree programs.
The Program in the University
Through its faculty and students, the Comparative Literature Graduate Program works with a wide range of departments throughout the university. The Program sponsors or co-sponsors a rich array of speakers, colloquia, and conferences throughout the academic year. In addition to individual departments ranging from Anthropology to Philosophy, Comparative Literature regularly cooperates with the campus Center for Humanities and the Arts to organize visits and colloquia.
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