Undergraduate Program

Welcome to the Department of Comparative Literature! Our department trains students to explore across languages and cultures.  If you are an undergraduate with creative international interests, you will find an intellectual home in the Department of Comparative Literature.

On these pages, prospective majors will find information about the discipline of Comparative Literature, the types of careers that graduates pursue, and how to embark on the major.  Prospective and current majors will find information about this flexible and capacious major, including the program of study, courses, funding, deadlines, and events.  For an appointment with Professor Tom Hare, Director of Undergraduate Studies, please email him at thare@princeton.edu

“What the department of Comparative Literature offered then, and offers now, is an unparalleled introduction to, and deep journey into, the greatest, most complex, and enigmatic expressions of human feeling and thought in nearly all imaginable languages from Homer onward.”  David Remnick ‘81, editor of the New Yorker and a Princeton Comparative Literature major.