Linguistics & Comparative Literature

2022 Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Schools

209 Colleges in the United States
7,812 Comparative Literature Degrees Awarded
$26,882 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you plan on majoring in linguistics and comparative literature, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #92 in the country in terms of popularity. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 209 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for linguistics and comparative literature students pursuing a degree. Combined, these schools handed out 7,812 degrees in linguistics and comparative literature to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Linguistics & Comparative Literature School

Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Schools The comparative literature program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Linguistics & Comparative Literature rankings. We derive our Best Overall Linguistics & Comparative Literature School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

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

Linguistics & Comparative Literature Rankings by Degree Level

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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Best Schools for Linguistics & Comparative Literature in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of comparative literature degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Comparative Literature

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In IL

Northwestern University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in linguistics and comparative literature. Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 20 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DC
58 Comparative Literature Degrees Awarded

It's hard to beat Georgetown University if you wish to pursue a degree in linguistics and comparative literature. 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 colleges nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 58 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent data year.

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#3

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In IN

Every student who is interested in linguistics and comparative literature needs to take a look at University of Notre Dame. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly 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 approximately 2 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year.

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#4

Duke University

Durham, NC
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
35 Comparative Literature Degrees Awarded

Duke University is a good decision for students interested in a degree in linguistics and comparative literature. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 35 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available. Those linguistics and comparative literature students who get their degree from Duke University earn $13,118 more than the average comparative literature student.

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

Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #22 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 29 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
56 Comparative Literature Degrees Awarded

Middlebury Institute is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Monterey. This school ranks 15th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 56 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Middlebury Institute in the most recent year we have data available. Those linguistics and comparative literature students who get their degree from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey make $22,318 more than the typical comparative literature graduate.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
169 Comparative Literature Degrees Awarded

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

There were roughly 169 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the comparative literature program state that they receive average early career earnings of $28,400.

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#8

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In RI
$13,721 Median Student Debt

Located in the medium-sized 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 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 24 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year.

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#9

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In PA

Located in the town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 5th out of 134 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were approximately 5 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Bucknell in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
77 Comparative Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 3rd out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were approximately 77 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent data year.

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#11

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In MA

Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit college located in the city of Chestnut Hill. A Best Schools rank of #45 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.

There were about 6 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
14th Most Popular In CA
$6,500 Median Student Debt

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

There were about 25 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available.

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#13

Boston University

Boston, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In MA

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

There were roughly 27 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In IL
38 Comparative Literature Degrees Awarded

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

There were about 38 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year.

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#15

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th 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 colleges nationwide means Williams is a great college overall.

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

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#16

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
23rd Most Popular In NY

Hamilton is a small private not-for-profit college located in the midsize suburb of Clinton. A Best Schools rank of #39 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Hamilton is a great college overall.

There were roughly 3 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Hamilton in the most recent data year.

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#17

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In CT

Trinity Bantams is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Hartford. This college ranks 2nd out of 32 colleges for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were approximately 1 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Trinity Bantams in the most recent data year.

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#18

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In VA

Located in the distant town of Lexington, VMI is a public school with a small student population. This school ranks 8th out of 73 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 11 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at VMI in the most recent data year.

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#19

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In MA

Located in the small city of Waltham, Brandeis is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 15th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 18 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Brandeis in the most recent data year.

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#20

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
52 Comparative Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 7th out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 52 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent year we have data available. Those linguistics and comparative literature students who get their degree from New York University earn $5,518 more than the standard comparative literature grad.

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#21

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In VA

University of Virginia is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of Charlottesville. A Best Schools rank of #38 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 4 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent year we have data available.

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#22

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In VA
60 Comparative Literature Degrees Awarded

JMU is a very large public university located in the small city of Harrisonburg. This university ranks 5th out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 60 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at JMU in the most recent data year.

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#23

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In NC

Wake Forest University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Winston-Salem. This university ranks 2nd out of 113 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were about 11 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent year we have data available.

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#24

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In VT

Located in the distant town of Middlebury, Middlebury is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 1st out of 13 schools for overall quality in the state of Vermont.

There were roughly 11 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Middlebury in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In TX

Located in the midsize city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 136 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were approximately 19 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Schools

#27

Barnard College

New York, NY
#28

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
#29

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

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 Linguistics & Comparative Literature Schools award.

Rank College Location
32 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
33 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
34 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
35 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
36 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
37 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
38 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
39 Emory University Atlanta, GA
40 University of Delaware Newark, DE
41 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA

Linguistics & 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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Linguistics & Comparative Literature is one of 17 different types of Foreign Languages & Linguistics programs to choose from.

Comparative Literature Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Modern Languages 3,011
Linguistics 3,007
Comparative Literature 1,056
Other Linguistic, Comparative, & Related Language Studies & Services 294
Language Translation 281
Applied Linguistics 163

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 15,122
East Asian Languages 1,986
American Sign Language 1,666
Classical Languages & Literature 1,426
Germanic Languages 1,321
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 583
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 522
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 329
Second Language Learning 23
Native American Languages 22

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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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