The undergraduate program in Comparative Literature at Harvard prepares students to play an active and creative role in today’s globalized world by exploring literature and culture across languages, and investigating the intersections and inter-connections among literatures, cultures, media, and disciplines.
Students in Comparative Literature design a course of study tailored to their particular interests, and work in languages as diverse as English and German, French and Hindi, Spanish and Arabic, Chinese and Latin. Some students have fluency in their foreign language(s) of choice when they join the program, while others develop their linguistic fluency as they pursue their studies in the concentration. Comp Lit concentrators can connect their literary studies with broader interests in the Humanities, such as music, digital media, and film. They can also incorporate their literary studies into their interests in other fields, such as law, medicine, and the environment. Many of our students bring a comparative disciplinary element into their program of studies (literature and gender studies; literature and philosophy; literature and government), while others pursue a joint concentration directly.
There are several opportunities that are designed to introduce you to what it is like to be a concentrator in our department. You are encouraged to attend at least one event.
- Oct. 10, Tuesday, 12:30-2 pm, Dana Palmer Seminar Room: An Informal Lunch with Comp Lit Concentrators and Faculty. Feel free to drop in for even just a few minutes and talk informally with members of the department about the undergraduate Comp Lit program. -FB Event page-
- Oct. 11 and 25, Wednesday, 4:30-6 pm, Dana Palmer 209: Office Hours with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Comp Lit by appointment. Another chance to ask your questions about life in the Comp Lit concentration. Please email Isaure Mignotte (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule.
- Oct. 19, Thursday, 2-3.30 pm, Dana Palmer 209: Cookies and Conversation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Comp Lit. Stop by and ask any questions you might have about our program (or anything else!). -FB Event Page -
- Oct. 26, Thursday, 6-6:45 pm, Dana Palmer Seminar room: Join current concentrators for Pizza and Conversation to get the inside scoop on the department. -FB Event page-
Comp Lit is an application concentration. The application is available on our Prospective Students page and is due on Friday, October 27, by 4 pm.
Don’t hesitate to email me directly (email@example.com) with any questions you might have. I look forward to hearing from you and to meeting many of you in the weeks to come.