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Comparative Literature and Culture Program, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Waltham, MA, United States
The Comparative Literature and Culture Program engages the study of literatures and cultures within and across national boundaries. It comprises the comparative analysis of literary and cultural texts not only in relation to genres, forms, and movements, but within the larger context of social discourse and cultural practices.
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Because cultural practices are not static but continually changing, the comparative approach is sensitive not only to historical context, but also to how cultural forms adapt to new conditions.

Analysis of cultural differences, diversities, and similarities will promote a greater knowledge of the rapidly changing globe we inhabit, and also deepen students' critical understanding of their own cultures.

Why Brandeis?

At Brandeis, the comparative literature major emphasizes a way of approaching literature, rather than a specific body of knowledge about literature. The program is highly interdisciplinary, which allows you to explore a wide variety of interests. Faculty are constantly shaping their curriculum to fit the interests and needs of the changing student body and encourage your input at all levels of program planning.

Introduction to Global Literature, the program's core course, introduces you to the diversity of approaches possible within the field. Uniquely, the course focuses on acquiring the research and writing skills specific to the comparative study of literature.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Introduction to Latin American Literature and Culture
  • Don Quijote
  • Studies in Latin American Literature
  • Literatures of Global English
  • Knowledge and Power

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Mid-year report from senior year which includes grades for all classes. For Early Decision I students, first quarter or first trimester grades will fulfill this requirement.
  • Marks from national exams. If the original document is not in English, please submit both the original document and an English translation.
  • If English is not your native language, you should submit results from either the TOEFL or IELTS.
  • An additional teacher recommendation. (This means that, as an international student, you are required to submit two teacher recommendations and one letter of recommendation from a secondary school official.)
  • $80 Application Fee
  • Financial documentation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    53932 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53932 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    53537 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53537 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Waltham

  • 1515 - 3140 USD/month
    Living Costs

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