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Comparative Literature, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #9 (QS) Chicago, IL, United States
The Bachelor of Arts degree program in the Department of Comparative Literature at University of Chicago offers qualified undergraduates the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary study of literature written in various languages and parts of the world.
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The BA program in Comparative Literature at University of Chicago is designed to attract, among others, three sorts of undergraduates :

  • students who come to the University with a strong background in languages in addition to English, and an interest in working in two or more literatures (one of which can be English)
  • students strongly interested in literary study who want to tackle general, generic and/or transnational questions across the lines of national literatures
  • students interested in the interrelationship of literature and culture, and other issues that transcend the traditional demarcations of national literary history and area studies.

Learning outcomes

These categories are not mutually exclusive. Plans of course work will be individually designed in consultation with each student in such a way as to suit that student's needs and to take best advantage of the rich offerings of this university.

Typically, an undergraduate student wishing to work in two literatures (one of which can be English) might choose those two literatures as the major and minor fields (requirements 2 and 3). 

A student interested in literary study across national boundaries with a focus on generic and transnational questions might wish to create a major field along generic lines, such as film, the epic, the novel, poetry, drama, or opera; the minor field might be a particular national literature or a portion of such a literature.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative Methods in the Humanities
  • Monstrosity and the Monstrous
  • Translation and Translation Theory
  • Thomas Mann’s Novel, Joseph and His Brothers
  • Fashion and Modernity
  • Machiavelli and Machiavellism

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Application for Admission and Supplement Essays
  • Application Fee or Automatic Fee Waiver
  • Secondary School Report and Transcript
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • Midyear Report
  • Test-Optional

Tuition Fee

  • International

    57642 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57642 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    57642 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57642 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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