Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature is a Bi-College program that draws on the diverse teaching and research interests of the faculty at the two colleges.

The study of Comparative Literature situates literature in an international perspective; examines transnational cultural connections through literary history, literary criticism, critical theory, and poetics; and works toward a nuanced understanding of the socio-cultural functions of literature. 

Besides representing literary and cultural study with a global reach, the Comparative Literature major aims to develop student analytic and interpretive skills that are the hallmark of liberal arts education. By promoting sustained engagement with language(s) and texts, our program encourages majors to become attuned to the complexities of human communication within and across many borders.

Learn more about the department's offerings and opportunities on Inside Bryn Mawr. 

Degree Options

Comparative Literature major, A.B.

Comparative Literature minor


Our students have been recipients of many prestigious awards, including Fulbright German Academic Exchange, Andrew M. Mellon, Max Kade, and Watson fellowships. Alumni surveys have consistently reflected the high satisfaction rate of our graduates who have gone on to highly selective graduate schools, law school, publishing, international business, diplomatic careers, and rewarding work in NGOs (non-governmental organizations).

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