Apr 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Comparative Literature MA

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The Department of Comparative Literature is a small department whose distinctiveness lies in fostering students’ originality and independent intellectual inquiries. Its core identity consists in the theoretical studies of literature, politics and culture. The department stresses philosophical and theoretical graduate studies in the humanities, and is best known for its interdisciplinary work in post-Kantian philosophy, poststructuralism, and literatures of the 18th through 21st centuries. The cutting-edge, theoretical-philosophical approaches frame the various fields in our department’s research and teaching.

Required Courses (27 credits)

All courses must be intensive [A] seminars.

  • Must choose 5 Comparative Literature (COL) SEM or LEC courses (Excluding REC and TUT classes) that must be taught by “core” COL faculty.
  • Choose remaining 4 SEM or LEC courses from the following departments:
    • COL, Comparative Literature
    • APY, Anthropology
    • CL, Classics
    • ENG, English
    • FR, French
    • JDS, Judiac Studies
    • PHI, Philosophy
    • SPA, Spanish
  • Other departments with approval by Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). 

Electives & Culminating Experience (3 credits)

Elective (if choosing Exam: 3 credits)

  • (1) Elective, 3-credit non-intensive recitation course (as approved by DGS) must be completed to fulfill the 30-credit minimum. if exam is chosen for Culminating Experience.
  • Choose from graduate level classes in COL, APY, CL, ENG, FR, JDS, PHI, SPA.

Culminating Experience (0-3 credits)

**Project option is defined as a 30-50 page essay on a topic agreed to by the faculty advisor, the DGS, and the student.
*In addition to passing the exam (1) 3-credit non-intensive recitation course (as approved by DGS or Chair) must be completed to fulfill the 30-credit minimum. (i.e. an elective)

Total Credit Hours: 30

3.0 Degree GPA required


Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time


  • 2 Years

Application Fee

  • $75

Admission Test**

  • GRE

Program Contact

Mary Ann Carrick
712 Clemens Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Email: mdcarr@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-645-0852

SED Statement

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

** At least one of the admissions tests are required for admission. Test and score requirements/exceptions vary by program. Contact the department for details.

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