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Comparative Literature

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

48 months
35206 USD/year
34316 USD/year
16866 USD/year
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The Comparative Literature major at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign provides an engagement with two or more literary and cultural traditions, studied in their original languages. 


Comparative Literature is an interdisciplinary field whose practitioners study literature and culture across national borders, across time periods, across languages, across genres, across boundaries between literature and the other arts (fine and applied arts, music, painting, dance, film, etc.), and across disciplines (philosophy, science, medicine, law, history, architecture, sociology, politics, and the like). 

Key Features 

  • Study Abroad and work in several languages and cultures and across disciplines is strongly encouraged.
  • A student at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign who elects Comparative Literature as a major must complete 48 hours, including at least 12 hours in courses numbered 300 or above. 
  • Besides knowing English, the student who chooses the Comparative Literature concentration must have sufficient linguistic skill in at least one foreign language to participate in 200- to 400-level literature courses offered by the various foreign language and literature departments.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Global Consciousness and Literature  
  • Cross-Cultural Thematics
  • Literatures of the Islamic World
  • Early Masterpieces of Western Culture
  • Modern Masterpieces of Western Culture
  • Themes in Narrative

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • You'll provide your high school courses/grades, choose your major and a second choice, complete our writing prompts, and list your extracurricular activities, honors, and awards.
  • List your high school courses and grades exactly as they appear on your transcript.
  • We are test-optional, meaning you’re not required to submit ACT and/or SAT test results when you apply. 
  • If you choose to report your scores, enter your highest test scores for the ACT composite and/or the SAT total without super-scoring, along with the highest sub-scores you earned in each category regardless of test date.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Once you’ve submitted your application, check its status by clicking on your application in myIllini.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35206 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 35206 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    34316 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 34316 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    16866 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 16866 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Urbana

1100 - 1500 USD /month
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