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Comparative Literature, Bachelor

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University rank #601 (QS) Northampton, MA, United States
The Comparative Literature program at the Smith College is about crossing borders: exploring the ways different languages shape the perceptions and thought patterns of the people who speak them, the ways writers in one location read others distant in time or place, the ways cultural movements link up poets and artists from different countries.
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The Comparative Literature program at the Smith College graduates use their languages and writing skills in many fields: as translators, journalists, speechwriters and editors; in international business and art sales; in counseling, law and transnational activism. They come to share a common theoretical language but they appreciate difference—in cultures, in ideas, in themselves—and they learn how to seek it out.

Comparatists also study broad theoretical questions: What exactly is poetic language? How does the psyche take up (and disturb) language and other symbolic systems? How do political changes lead to aesthetic revolutions—and to new theories of the literary? What are the pleasures of a text?

Study abroad

Comparative literature majors study writing from all the linguistic communities known to our faculty: ancient Sumeria, Greece and Rome, medieval and modern Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia, Africa, Pakistan and India, China, Japan, the Jewish diaspora, Palestine and the Basque country, Central and Latin America, the Caribbean.

Our majors study around the world: in Japan and China, in Africa, in Central and Latin America, and Australia, as well as Europe. Recent graduates have spent a semester or a year in Kyoto, Beijing, Moscow, Senegal, Mexico and Rio de Janeiro, as well as Paris, Florence, Cordoba, Hamburg and Geneva.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Comparative Literature
  • Journeys in World Literature
  • Western Classics: Homer to Dante
  • Western Classics: Cervantes to Tolstoy

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Smith Writing Supplement
  • Secondary School Report, including official high school transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Evaluation Forms
  • Midyear Report
  • Early Decision Agreement (if applicable)

Tuition Fee

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    55830 USD/year
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    55830 USD/year
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Living costs for Northampton

  • 1156 - 2400 USD/month
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