UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Comparative Literature

Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
Phelps Hall 6206
Telephone: (805) 893-2131
Undergraduate e-mail: ashley@gss.ucsb.edu
Graduate e-mail: gd-complit@complit.ucsb.edu
Website: www.complit.ucsb.edu
Program Chair: Susan Derwin
E-mail: weber@gss.ucsb.edu


Comparative literature, an interdepartmental undergraduate and graduate program, combines the study of national literatures with courses that address the relationship between literature and other disciplines such as anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, philosophy, linguistics, media and technology studies, psychoanalysis, religious studies, and the fine and performing arts.

The Comparative Literature Program offers two undergraduate major tracks leading to the B.A. degree, Comparative Literature with Foreign Language Emphasis and Comparative Literature with Interdisciplinary Emphasis, and M.A./Ph.D. and Ph.D. programs at the graduate level.

A degree in comparative literature provides preparation for possible careers as teachers and scholars in literary and cultural studies as well as for careers that require expertise in foreign languages and familiarity with multi-cultural perspectives, such as international journalism, business, law, and diplomacy.

Senior Honors Program in Comparative Literature

To qualify for the program, students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.5 (overall and in the major) and have completed at least two quarters of their junior year at UCSB.

To earn departmental senior honors, the student will work with a professor of choice for two quarters to complete a senior thesis, while enrolled in Comparative Literature 199 (Independent Studies). No more than 4 units of 199 credits may be applied to the major requirements. Students who complete departmental honors will receive the notation of “Distinction in the Major” on both official transcripts and their diploma. Students interested in departmental honors should consult with their undergraduate advisor.

Comparative Literature Advisory Board

Michael Berry, Ph.D. (East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies)
Julie Carlson, Ph.D. (English)
Susan Derwin
, Ph.D. (Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies)
Ronald Egan
, Ph.D. (East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies)
Ghosh, Ph.D. (English)
Wolf D. Kittler
, Ph.D. (Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies)
Sara Lindheim
, Ph.D. (Classics)
Eric Prieto
, Ph.D. (French and Italian)
Dwight F. Reynolds
, Ph.D. (Religious Studies)
Harvey L. Sharrer
, Ph.D. (Spanish and Portuguese)
Jon Snyder,
Ph.D. (French and Italian)
Sven Spieker
, Ph.D. (Germanic, Slavic & Semitic Studies)
Elisabeth Weber
, Ph.D. (Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies)
Simon Williams
, Ph.D. (Dramatic Art)