University of California, Riverside

Comparative Literature & Foreign Languages


Welcome to our undergraduate majors in literary and cultural studies, languages, and linguistics, and our Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature. In an increasingly global world the study of literatures and languages has never been more urgent than it is today. Our students' writing and research respond to this urgency, producing pluralistic, multilingual, theoretical, and historical forms of knowledge and critique. The literary, cultural, and linguistic fluency and insight one gains through the programs offered by the faculty in Comparative Literature remain for a lifetime. I invite you to join us.

Jeffrey Sacks
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages

UCR Alumnus as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

UC Riverside alumna Julie Furuta-Toy was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2016 as U.S Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea, after having served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires in Norway. Furuta-Toy enrolled at the school as a Comparative Literature major in 1978. She credits many of the experiences she had as UCR student, including her liberal arts education and studying abroad.

“You have to look outside at the rest of the world for the literature, for the criticism,” she said about the courses she took. Her major also required her to learn a foreign language, an endeavor that has carried her far beyond her studies at UCR. She began her study of the Russian language, which she has since mastered, at the suggestion of a TA. “I think just the discipline of having to learn a foreign language, trying to make it work, trying to understand the words on the page that are written differently, that’s helped me an awful lot, not only in the foreign service, but also in organizational skills, how to work in an organization and how to approach a problem.” — From UCR Today

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