University of Michigan

College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts (LS&A)

Comparative Literature


University of Michigan

426 Thompson St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. - Comparative Literature

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan is a five-year doctoral program that emphasizes the international and interdisciplinary nature of comparative literature. Our curriculum is designed to be as flexible as possible in order to allow students to develop expertise in areas of traditional interest to comparatists as well as in such newer areas as cultural studies, gay and lesbian studies, postcolonialism, and women's studies. The curriculum has strong language requirements but provides great flexibility in the ways that students put their expertise in language and culture to use. It places a strong emphasis on literary theory but makes possible a variety of definitions of theory. We hope that the flexibility of the program will be something that our graduates will emulate in their own careers as they adapt to and influence changes in comparative literature as a discipline.


North Central Association of Colleges and Universities

International Student Requirements:

Applicants are required to provide an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).The minimum TOEFL score accepted is 620 on paper, 260 on the computer or 106 internet. The test date must be within 2 years of the application deadline.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 40,000+

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