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Comparative Literature and Global & International Studies

Our Department offers two exciting ways toward a global future: the Comparative Literature major and World Literature minor and the Global and International Studies major (BA and BS) and the International Studies major.

What can Comparative Literature do for you?

Comparative Literature will give you a deeper understanding of this planet and its people, and open doors to new intellectual and cultural worlds.  Our courses offer ways to think critically and creatively about human culture and the way that it shapes our lives.  Training you in important skills such as analytical writing, argumentation, and communication in an international context, Comparative Literature provides many of the key components to success in the global economy.

In an interconnected world where many jobs require the knowledge of a second language and/or culture, you’ll find that Comparative Literature will expand your professional and intellectual options, not only immediately after graduation, but for the rest of your life. Our alumni have found employment in domestic and international business, public relations, publishing, education, non-profit organizations, and museum acquisitions. A number of our alumni have also pursued graduate degrees in comparative literature, law, and library science, and have become professors, attorneys, and librarians.

What can Global and International Studies do for you?

The interdisciplinary B.A. and B.S. degrees in Global and International Studies are intended to prepare students for lives and careers in a world that is increasingly interdependent. They reflect a "One World" concept that emphasizes the importance of global perspectives, international communication, and study or working experience abroad. The majors combine the expertise of multiple disciplines, including the Social Sciences and the Humanities, to suggest a variety of methods for understanding the dynamic issues facing human beings across the globe. The structure of the majors also recognizes the fact that the vast majority of the world's people live in regions other than the European and North American spheres, and that a knowledge of non-Anglophone cultures is an important form of preparation for global citizenship.

The majors develop transnational and trans-regional literacy, drawing on coursework both in the Humanities and the Social Sciences to focus on questions of globalization, ethical imagination, and ways to engage peoples and cultures in local terms. Students learn to situate global trends, both macro and micro in nature, in relation to other historical processes. Most courses for the GLIS majors will demonstrate a global or regional (rather than national) perspective and address a central topic in one of five designated Pathways: Human Rights, Culture and Identity, Global Conflict, Wealth and Inequality, and Health and Environment.