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Our graduate program is flexible. Students are encouraged to define their own interests and, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and their academic advisor, design programs suited to their particular needs. A core seminar series in the first year of residence, plus a course in pedagogy, constitute the only required courses.

Courses appropriate to one's areas of interest are chosen from within the comparative literature or comparative studies in discourse and society programs or from other departments or programs in the Graduate School.

The curriculum emphasizes small seminars and directed research. The first-year core seminars in both comparative literature and comparative studies in discourse and society are practicums aimed at the development of critical and analytical skills, in which current theoretical perspectives are introduced in conjunction with the study of specific and varied historic problems. 

Through study of specific artifacts in historic contexts, the seminar focuses on such issues as:

  • the role of coercion and persuasion in the maintenance and manipulation of social boundaries and hierarchies
  • the interrelations of center and periphery in the production, dissemination and reception of expressive forms
  • differences and relations among high, popular, and mass culture
  • the place of education in the work of cultural replication
  • the encoding of ideological constructs within specific cultural artifacts
  • the strategies of cultural resistance

The rest of both the CSDS and CL curriculums consist of highly topical seminars built around specific areas of current research and faculty expertise; the themes necessarily change regularly. More information on seminars and all other graduate courses can be found on ClassInfo.

Spring 2017

Course NumberCourse TitleSections
CL 5992Directed Reading in Comparative LiteratureSections [1]
CL 8002Basic Research Seminar in Comparative Literature IISections [1]
CL 8333FTE: Master'sSections [1]
CL 8444FTE: DoctoralSections [1]
CL 8666Doctoral Pre-Thesis CreditsSections [1]
CL 8888Thesis Credit: DoctoralSections [1]
CL 8901Intro to the Profession: Critical Methods of Research, Pedagogy, and C...Sections [1]
CL 8910Advanced Topics in Comparative LiteratureSections [2]
CL 8992Directed Reading in Comparative LiteratureSections [1]
CL 8994Directed Research in Comparative LiteratureSections [1]
Course NumberCourse TitleSections
CSCL 5302Aesthetics and the Valuation of ArtSections [1]
CSCL 5833Marx, Freud, Nietzsche: Intellectual FoundationsSections [1]
CSCL 5910Topics in Cultural Studies and Comparative LiteratureSections [1]
CSCL 5993Directed StudySections [1]
Course NumberCourse TitleSections
CSDS 5302Aesthetics and the Valuation of ArtSections [1]
CSDS 5993Directed StudySections [1]
CSDS 8002Basic Research Seminar in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society...Sections [1]
CSDS 8333FTE: Master'sSections [1]
CSDS 8444FTE: DoctoralSections [1]
CSDS 8666Doctoral Pre-Thesis CreditsSections [1]
CSDS 8888Thesis Credit: DoctoralSections [1]
CSDS 8901Intro to the Profession: Critical Methods of Research, Pedagogy, and C...Sections [1]
CSDS 8910Advanced Topics in Comparative Studies in Discourse and SocietySections [2]
CSDS 8993Directed Study in Comparative Studies in Discourse and SocietySections [1]
CSDS 8994Directed Research in Comparative Studies in Discourse and SocietySections [1]

Fall 2017

Course NumberCourse TitleSections
CL 8001Basic Research Seminar in Comparative Literature ISections [1]
CL 8333FTE: Master'sSections [1]
CL 8444FTE: DoctoralSections [1]
CL 8666Doctoral Pre-Thesis CreditsSections [1]
CL 8888Thesis Credit: DoctoralSections [1]
CL 8992Directed Reading in Comparative LiteratureSections [1]
CL 8994Directed Research in Comparative LiteratureSections [1]
Course NumberCourse TitleSections
CSCL 5666Film Music: Theory, History, PracticeSections [1]
CSCL 5993Directed StudySections [2]
Course NumberCourse TitleSections
CSDS 8001Basic Research Seminar: Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society ISections [1]
CSDS 8333FTE: Master'sSections [1]
CSDS 8444FTE: DoctoralSections [1]
CSDS 8666Doctoral Pre-Thesis CreditsSections [1]
CSDS 8888Thesis Credit: DoctoralSections [1]
CSDS 8993Directed Study in Comparative Studies in Discourse and SocietySections [5]
CSDS 8994Directed Research in Comparative Studies in Discourse and SocietySections [1]