Claudia Sadowski-Smith, Faculty Advisor
Samantha Franze, Graduate Academic Advisor
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in English (comparative literature track) introduces students to the study of literary and cultural phenomena beyond linguistic, national or academic boundaries. Students are asked to study cultural productions in English and at least one other language, and to explore approaches ranging from textual criticism, critical theory and translation to cultural studies and the social sciences. Comparative Literature invites students to investigate the interactions of literary and cultural productions with adjacent fields like film, theater, linguistics, history, philosophy, American Indian, ethnic, area, women and gender studies and with the social sciences. The field of Comparative Literature also encourages the exploration of cultural phenomena from a transnational and global perspective.
In coordination with the program advisor and with the students’ supervisory committee or applied project director, students can largely design their own programs of study within a general set of requirements. The M.A. in English (comparative literature) can provide students with an excellent education in the humanities as well as with the flexibility to pursue other fields of interests if desired. The M.A. qualifies for admission to doctoral programs in comparative literature, English and other language-based literature and culture programs of a student's specialization as well as to interdisciplinary programs more generally. The degree also prepares students for careers in business, government and the media. Fluency in at least two languages is required to be successful in this program. Students may specialize in any language and culture to the extent that they are sufficiently covered at ASU.