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Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature

The Comparative Literature program allows students to pursue a broad literary education that is informed by critical theory and knowledge of comparative methodologies. The study of comparative literature is flexible and interdisciplinary. It may involve art, music, politics, philosophy, history, anthropology and other fields.


Student Profile: Madi Johnson '20

Madi Johnson '20

Majors: English and Political Science
Minor: Public Policy

“I knew I wanted to be an English major before coming to college, but the English department at HWS has given me the freedom to explore all aspects of literature – from Modern American Fiction and Literary Theory, to Film Analysis and Creative Writing. Every professor in the department is enthusiastic about their courses, and have helped me to become a better writer with every class I take. I hope to pursue an Independent Study or Honors Project to continue to explore my interests in English.”

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Spotlight: Recent Grad

Recent Grad

Meredith Kellogg '19

Current Position: Latin and English Teacher, East Palmyra Christian School; Fulbright Award Recipient

Current Location: Palmyra, N.Y.

Majors: Greek and Comparative Literature

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Critical Methods
This course is required of all majors and minors to prepare students for upper-level study in English and Comparative Literature, and may not be exempted. This course will train students in the concepts, vocabulary and research methods required for advanced textual analysis and writing in the discipline.