Prospective Students

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.

See our list of upcoming events: Fall 2021 Events for Prospective Concentrators

You can find a full description of Comparative Literature and concentration requirements in the Harvard College Handbook for Students.

Life After Comp Lit:

Students who have concentrated in Comparative Literature have gone on to careers in a variety of fields: academics, journalism, film, law, medicine, and business, among others. Please see our Alumni List for information about some of our graduates.

We welcome your questions throughout the year:

If you are interested in concentrating in Comparative Literature, our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Sandra Naddaff, will be happy to answer any of your questions throughout the year. She holds office hours by appointment (Fall 2021 Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3-4:30pm) and you can sign up for your appointment on this page. You may also email Dr. Naddaff directly ( with any questions you might have.

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