B.A. On Campus

Comparative Literature

Cornell University

48 months
60286 USD/year
60286 USD/year
40382 USD/year
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As a Comparative Literature major, you’ll gain a critical and historical perspective on world literature and cultures, with the choice of two tracks. This program is offered by Cornell University.


If you want to emphasize literature in your course work, take the comparative literary studies track; if you’re interested in studying literature and theory by integrating rigorous work in film, video or other arts and media, take the literary, visual and media studies track. 

This bachelor degree in Comparative Literature is offered at Cornell University. The major’s broad range of courses provides a critical and historical perspective on world literature and cultures.

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Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Methods of Comparison
  • Senior Essay (first semester) 
  • Critical Theory 
  • Literary Theory on the Edge 
  • Theory and Practice of Translation.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Common Application (CA)
    • The School Report
    • Counselor Recommendation
    • Two Teacher Evaluations
    • The Midyear Report, when your mid-year grades are available
    • Official secondary/high school transcript
    • $80 application fee or fee waiver
    • Cornell University Questions and Writing Supplement (CA) or Cornell Supplement (UCA)
    • Items that are required by the Cornell undergraduate college or school to which you’ve applied: Interviews or portfolio and design submissions.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    60286 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 60286 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    60286 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 60286 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    40382 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 40382 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Ithaca

1128 - 2460 USD /month
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