University of California, Riverside

Comparative Literature and Languages



Graduate Program


The Graduate Program in Comparative Literature is an internationally recognized site for advanced study in comparative literature. Students are trained to pursue interdisciplinary and multilingual work grounded in the reading of texts in the original languages. Faculty work in areas including gender and feminist studies, postcolonial theory, media and cultural studies, critical theory, science and science fiction studies, and comparative ancient civilizations. Students have flexibility in designing their own unique interdisciplinary and interliterary programs. Among the literatures students may work in are Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, English, Filipino, French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Latin, Malaysian, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

To enhance their interdisciplinary work and training, our graduate students work with faculty in other departments and programs at UCR, including Media and Cultural Studies, English, Creative Writing, Anthropology, Hispanic Studies, Philosophy, Dance, Art History, Music, Theatre, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. 

The University of California, Riverside is a major research university in the University of California system. UC library facilities are outstanding, and the Special Collections of UCR’s Rivera Library includes the world-famous Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Downtown Riverside is the home of the California Museum of Photography. Courses and libraries at UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UC Los Angeles offer UC Riverside students further access to cutting-edge faculty and research resources.

Our campus, located an hour east of Los Angeles, is in a region featuring mountains, hot springs, wineries, beaches, and the spectacular natural reserves of Joshua Tree and Anza Borrego National Parks, as well as the cultural riches of metropolitan Los Angeles itself, within easy driving distance.

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