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WHY COMPARATIVE LITERATURE AT THE GC?
The multidisciplinary, multimedia M.A. in Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center prepares you for a range of exciting professional opportunities — whether you decide to earn a doctoral degree or pursue a career in film, translation, education, media, or the arts.
Our affordable, flexible program meets the needs of busy professionals, with conveniently scheduled late afternoon and evening classes taught by world-class scholars.
We offer courses in comparative literature as well as coordinated courses in English, American, French, German, Italian, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian, Slavic, Ancient Greek, and Latin literatures. Distinguished faculty will guide your study of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Modern, or contemporary eras while grounding you in both literary history and literary theory. You will master and practice a range of critical approaches, from the established to the most cutting-edge.
While “Theory and Practice of Literary Criticism: Comparative Literature in the Age of Globalization” is the only required course, you will also complete four comparative literature and three national literature courses that reflect your individual interests. You can further personalize your course of study with elective options from related disciplines, including the visual arts, music, theatre, film history, anthropology, psychology, and philosophy. You will broaden your intellectual horizons by diving deep into topics such as the history of translation, celebrity culture, sociolinguistics, opera, masculinity, and existentialism.
You may also opt to pursue an M.A. with a specialization in Italian.
Full-time faculty from a broad range of disciplines teach our courses. Our professors are accomplished, experienced, and accessible to students. As a master’s student, you will typically enroll in courses alongside doctoral students.
As a public institution, we offer an exceptional program at a fraction of the cost of other universities.
The 30-credit curriculum — which includes credits in comparative literature, national literatures, and multimedia screen studies — gives you the flexibility to tailor a course of study to your individual interests. You may also elect to take advantage of part-time adjunct teaching opportunities at the CUNY colleges and other colleges and universities in the New York metropolitan area.
NEW YORK CITY
Studying comparative literature in the cultural capital of the world extends your learning far beyond the classroom. Our location in the heart of Manhattan (Fifth Avenue and 34th Street) provides easy access to New York City’s rich cultural and intellectual offerings, as well as opportunities for internships and jobs in leading education, arts, media, and cultural institutions and companies.
Students with a passion for comparative literature, languages, and a broad range of national literatures, as well as multimedia screen (film and television) studies, are encouraged to apply.