Comparative and World Literature

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Comparative and World Literature?

Comparative and World Literature invites you to look creatively at literature. Your coursework will allow you to compare both literary and cultural traditions. You’ll gain critical, analytical, cultural, and foreign language knowledge. You will learn the writing and speaking skills necessary to succeed in a globalized world. You can choose from two concentrations: Comparative Literature and World Literature. Comparative Literature focuses on many traditions studied in their original languages. World Literature focuses on literature from around the world in English translation.

Career Options

  • Academia
  • Cultural arts
  • Communication
  • Law
  • Linguistics

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

60% employed after graduation

25% attending graduate school

3% volunteering

$42,419 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Law firm, BMO Capital Markets, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, John Marshall Law School View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.4 years to degree

95% first-year retention rate

61% four-year graduation rate

86% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $32,780
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $56,270