UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Comparative Literature

Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
Advising Office: Phelps Hall 4206
Administrative Office: Phelps Hall 5206
Telephone: (805) 893-3111
Undergraduate Advisor: Elizabeth Fair
Undergraduate e-mail: efair@hfa.ucsb.edu
Graduate Program Assistant: Briana Muñoz-Flores
Graduate e-mail: munoz-flores@hfa.ucsb.edu
Website: www.complit.ucsb.edu
Program Chair: Catherine Nesci
E-mail: cnesci@frit.ucsb.edu

Graduate Program

Graduate Program

Graduate study in this program requires completion of graduate courses in comparative literature in addition to courses offered by other departments and programs. These include graduate courses in literature offered by the departments of Classics, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, English, French and Italian, Germanic and Slavic Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese, and Theater. Graduate course work can also be done in related departments such as Anthropology, Communication, Film Studies, History, History of Art and Architecture, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Feminist studies. The M.A./Ph.D. is normally a six-year program. The Ph.D. for students who enter with an M.A. should take no more than four years to complete the program. Applicants to the Comparative Literature Program should confirm that appropriate resources are available for their desired course of study.


In addition to fulfilling all university requirements for admission to graduate status, described in the “Graduate Education” section of this catalog, applicants to the M.A./Ph.D. program will normally have completed an undergraduate major in comparative literature or a related field. For admission to the Ph.D. program, applicants must have completed an M.A. in comparative literature or a closely related field. Application packets for both programs should consist of the following: (1) two official sets of transcripts from all postsecondary institutions; (2) three letters of recommendation; (3) official scores on the GRE general test (sent electronically by ETS) and, if the applicant is not from an English-speaking country, official TOEFL scores (sent electronically by ETS); (4) one writing sample of no more than 25 pages in length; (5) two copies of the statement of purpose; (6) competence in a foreign language; and (7) the Program’s foreign language form. The writing samples should be substantial papers written in an upper-division or graduate literature course. Foreign language proficiency can be demonstrated by (a) submission of a writing sample in a foreign language, or (c) evidence that the applicant is a native speaker of a foreign language. The program’s admission policy is based on intellectual potential and promise, academic records, and programmatic fit.

In addition to meeting program requirements, candidates for graduate degrees must meet university degree requirements found in the “Graduate Education” section of this catalog.

Optional Interdisciplinary Emphases

Students pursuing a doctoral degree in Comparative Literature may petition to add the following Optional Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Emphases: Applied Linguistics, Feminist Studies, Global Studies, Translation Studies, Writing Studies.

Requirement sheets for each emphasis may be found on this page.