As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our on-campus offices are closed at this time. For information about our Graduate Program, please contact our Graduate Program Advisor, Tyler McMullen (tylermcmullen[at]ucsb.edu). For advising about the Comparative Literature Major and Minor, and the Minor in Translation Studies, please write to our Undergraduate Staff Advisor Megan Ashley (mmashley[at]ucsb.edu). Our Chair, Professor Dominique Jullien, and our Vice Chair, Professor Eric Prieto, who are co-Graduate Advisors, and our Undergraduate Faculty Advisor Professor Roberto Strongman can also be reached by email. Please check UCSB's information page on the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Welcome to Comparative Literature at UC Santa Barbara!
Our Comparative Literature Program provides undergraduates with the opportunity to work closely with faculty in their fields of study, explore the interactions of literary cultures across borders, and take courses in the literatures of the world and on such topics such as "Global Humanities," "World Literature and Cognitive Science," "Children’s Literature," "Fantasy and the Fantastic," and "the Jewish Graphic Novel." We also offer an innovative Minor in Translation Studies.
Our doctoral students carry research at the crossroads of disciplines and practice the methods and theories of Comparative Literature. We offer a graduate Emphasis in Translation Studies and our graduate students can also choose from additional graduate emphases. Alumni from our graduate program have secured research positions, teaching appointments, and post-doctoral fellowships in humanities departments at Dartmouth, Harvard, Rutgers, CU Boulder, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt, Yale and at other outstanding colleges and universities. We also strive to prepare our students for alternative careers for which their training in writing, cultural literacy, and critical thinking is a great asset.
Check our vision of Comparative Literature as an evolving discipline.