Comparative & World Literature


What is Comparative & World Literature?

Comparative and World Literature invites you to look at cultural studies and comparative literature in inventive ways that go outside of the box. Your coursework will enable you to compare both literary and cultural traditions, studied in their original languages. You’ll gain the critical, analytical, cultural, and foreign language knowledge and superior writing and speaking skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly globalizing world. You can choose from two concentrations: Comparative Literature and World Literature. Comparative Literature focuses on two or more literary and cultural traditions studied in their original languages, while World Literature focuses on literatures and cultures from around the globe in English translation.

Career Options

  • Academia
  • Cultural arts
  • Communication
  • Law
  • Linguistics

Post-Graduation Success1

86% employed or continuing education

66% employed after graduation

15% attending graduate school

5% volunteering

$40,553 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: CA Ventures, Carle Foundation Hospital, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Pennsylvania State University, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

25 - 31 ACT Score

1170 - 1440 SAT Score

3.20 - 3.74 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390


  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872


  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246