Department of Comparative Studies

Welcome to the Ph.D. in Comparative Studies Program!


It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of the Ph.D. in Comparative Studies. The track in Cultures, Languages & Literatures (CLL) features an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary course of study that enables doctoral students to develop expertise within traditional disciplines as well as across disciplinary and cultural boundaries . At the heart of our program is our strong belief that cultures, languages and literatures are most fruitfully understood through comparative modes of analysis that include an ever-changing landscape of theory and methodologies. The objectives of the CLL Program are to produce scholars who will teach at the university/college level in more than one academic discipline and in interdisciplinary programs , and who will be able to conduct research that crosses over traditional boundaries in an effort to develop new insights. While most graduates of the program will prepare for the challenges of the academy in an increasingly globalized society, others will prepare for a variety of nonacademic positions in public and private organizations.
Primary areas of strength for this broadly based program include studies of literature and migration, rhetoric and composition, U.S. multiethnic literatures, early modern literatures, gender, sexuality and embodiment in literature, modernity and postmodernity in literature, space and place in literature, and postcolonial literature and culture. The curriculum also draws from many disciplines in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. With accomplished faculty and Eminent Scholars , our program is proud to offer an innovative, rigorous, yet flexible course of study . Each year we offer to the most qualified candidates the excellent teaching and research fellowships . Our faculty, students and staff collaborate in constructing an energetic, productive and pleasurable learning community.  

I encourage you to explore the site to learn about our exciting program in more detail. I look forward to welcoming you into our unique program.  


Michael J. Horswell, Ph.D.
Director of Comparative Studies

Program News

Crossing Disciplines Colloquia

The Crossing Disciplines colloquia promote the exchange of ideas across disciplines, fomenting our Ph.D. program's philosophy that topics in the arts, humanities and social sciences are most fruitfully understood through comparative modes of analysis that include an ever-changing landscape of theory and methodologies.
The first colloquium, "Cultural Agency and Crossing Disciplines," will be held Oct. 6, 2014, at noon in AH 209 and will be led by Dr. Doris Sommer, Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University. 

Call for Papers: 

FAU’s Comparative Studies Graduate Student Association Conference 

Focusing on the Post(-): An Interdisciplinary Perspective

October 24-25, 2014 

Grant Opportunities

Congratulations 2014 Graduates!

Let us all congratulate our students in the Ph.D. in Comparative Studies Program who have been awarded their degrees in 2014!



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