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Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture

Occidental College

48 months
55980 USD/year
55980 USD/year
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As a Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture major, from the Occidental College you will study how different literatures and languages, in combination with various other forms of cultural expression (music, art, philosophy, the sciences), structure a given culture’s experience of the world as well as how they shape our own.


As a major and department almost entirely unique to Occidental, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture major, from the Occidental College allows you to investigate the ways in which literature uses all the devices and resources of a given language not simply to “entertain”, but more fundamentally, to open its readers and listeners up to the manifold possibilities of their world  to make (and remake) the horizons of intelligibility within which the speakers of a common language ordinarily dwell.

Literature and language, of course, do not operate in isolation from a myriad of other aspects (intellectual, physical, emotional) of a culture. CSLC thus invites its students to develop, in consultation with department faculty, a collaboratively designed and fully interdisciplinary major that engages at least one specific literature and language, and one specialized external discipline, of the student’s own choosing. 


As an interdisciplinary major that seeks to articulate the connection between all major forms of human cultural expression—literature, language, art, science, philosophy—CSLC provides an excellent preparation for all manner of graduate studies, and has successfully prepared students for careers in fields as diverse as education and computer gaming, law and medicine, business administration and the creative arts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Marx, Nietzsche, Freud
  • Art, Nature, Self: German Romanticism
  • From Kafka to Twitter: Small Forms of the Literary
  • The Sickness Unto Death: Selfhood and Despair in Literature and Philosophy
  • Goethe and the Art of Living
  • Kleist, Kafka, and the Poetics of Madness
  • Metamorphic Bodies: Fluid Forms from Ovid to Kafka
  • Slavic Pagan Culture and its Legacy
  • Russian Science Fiction and Fantasy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Oxy's Required Short Answer Questions
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation forms
  • $65 application fee or fee waiver
  • Official transcript
  • Standardized test scores are optional for Fall 2021 applicants. 
  • Midyear report after your first term of senior year.
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers (in core academic subjects). Ideally, we’d like letters from 10th- to 12th-grade classes.

Tuition Fee

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    55980 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 55980 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    55980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 55980 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Glendale

1370 - 2530 USD /month
Living costs

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