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2022 Best Comparative Literature Schools

63 Colleges in the United States
1,093 Comparative Literature Degrees Awarded
Comparative Literature is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #400 most popular degree program in the country. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

College Factual looked at 63 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Comparative Literature Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 1,093 degrees in comparative literature during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Comparative Literature School

Best Comparative Literature Schools Your choice of comparative literature school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for comparative literature schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Comparative Literature Rankings by Degree Level

The comparative literature school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Comparative Literature Schools. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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Best Schools for Comparative Literature in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the comparative literature degrees they offer, see the list below.

10 Top Schools in Comparative Literature

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL

Northwestern University is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a degree in comparative literature. Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 11 comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year.

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#2

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In IN

Every student pursuing a degree in comparative literature has to check out University of Notre Dame. Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were roughly 2 comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available.

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#3

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DC

Any student pursuing a degree in comparative literature needs to check out Georgetown University. Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #18 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 3 comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in comparative literature from Georgetown University

Graduate Certificate Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In NY
55 Comparative Literature Degrees Awarded

Columbia University in the City of New York is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in comparative literature. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #22 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 55 comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA

Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 11th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 28 comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in comparative literature from University of California - Los Angeles

#6

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In RI

Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #24 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 21 comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In CA

USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Schools rank of #33 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 8 comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year.

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#8

Boston University

Boston, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In MA

Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Boston. This university ranks 12th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 4 comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent data year.

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#9

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IL

Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were roughly 9 comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in comparative literature from University of Chicago

#10

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MA

Located in the town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #23 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Williams is a great college overall.

There were roughly 10 comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Williams in the most recent data year.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Comparative Literature Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 New York University New York, NY
12 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
13 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
14 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
15 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT

Comparative Literature by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Comparative Literature is one of 5 different types of Linguistics & Comparative Literature programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Linguistics 3,129
Modern Languages 3,075
Language Translation 874
Other Linguistic, Comparative, & Related Language Studies & Services 351
Applied Linguistics 163

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Pandit Rahul Sanskrutayan, Banshidhar Mohanty.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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