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Comparative Literature

As a comparative literature major, you’ll gain a critical and historical perspective on world literature and cultures, with the choice of two tracks. 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. The major’s broad range of courses provides a critical and historical perspective on world literature and cultures.

Sample Courses

  • Narratives of Travel, Migration and Exile
  • The Tragic Theater
  • Martial Arts Film and Literature: Globalization from the East
  • Thinking Surrealisms

Post-Graduate Outcomes

All information below is based on the 2014-2018 First-Destination Post-Graduate Survey. Lists are not exhaustive; rather, they are a sampling of the data. 
"Other" includes time off, travel, volunteer experiences, and/or preparing for graduate school. If you would like more information, please email as_careers@cornell.edu

Nearly 3/4 of 2014-2018 Comparative Literature graduates reported being Employed and Attending Graduate School at similar rates.

56% of the Class of 2014-2018 Comparative Literature graduates completed the survey. n = 24

Below, you will find:

  • Top Employment Sectors
  • Where Graduates Work
  • Top Graduate Fields
  • Where Graduates Study

Top Employment Sectors

  • Education
  • Nonprofit Organization
  • Financial Services
  • Communications/Media
  • Agriculture

Where 2014-2018 Comparative Literature Graduates Work

Employer Job Titles
BTIG Associate, Capital Introduction
Civitella Ranieri Intern
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyard Harvest Lab Enologist
Institute of Contemporary Art Curatorial Fellow
Lycee Jean Baptiste Say English Teaching Assistant
Weill Cornell Medicine Clinical Coordinator
Yelp Account Executive

Top Graduate Fields Pursued

  • Classics
  • Economics
  • Hebrew & Jewish Studies
  • Design Communication
  • Comparative Literature
  • Latin American History
  • Theatre Arts
  • Law
  • Peace & Conflict Studies

Graduate Degrees Pursued

  • PhD
  • MS
  • MLitt
  • MPhil
  • MA
  • JD

Where 2014-2018 Comparative Literature Graduates Study

  • Columbia University
  • Harvard University
  • New York University
  • Parsons at The New School
  • Universitat Heidelberg
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of London
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California
  • University of St. Andrews