Welcome to the PhD 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 non-academic 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
, 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, PhD
Director of Comparative Studies