Welcome to Comparative Literature at UC Davis!

The Department of Comparative Literature at UC Davis offers students a unique and dynamic setting in which to study world literature and its cultural contexts in a truly universal spirit -- across its virtually countless historical variations and unlimited by national boundaries. Comparative Literature is a global and interdisciplinary study of literature both in its original language and in translation, across a variety of media (including of course writing but extending to film, television, theatre, visual arts, and much more). Members of the Comparative Literature faculty at UC Davis teach and conduct research in Spanish, Italian, French, German, Yiddish, Swedish, English, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Persian, and more.  Included in the department's ranks are internationally recognized scholars in areas from English and German Romanticism to Latin-Americanism, from the European Middle Ages to Renaissance studies, from Arabic and Persian literature to Tamil and other South Asian traditions, and from Chinese cinema to Critical Theory. Undergraduate and graduate courses in Comparative Literature are normally comparative in scope, including literature from at least two language traditions, and are taught in English. In addition to taking courses in Comparative Literature, undergraduates complete three years of study in the foreign language of their choice, while graduate students usually prepare for research in at least two literary/linguistic traditions.