Comparative Literature: PhD

* A master's degree is only attainable as part of the doctoral program, not as a standalone master's degree.

Program Information


Comparative Literature


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


College of Arts and Sciences


6.7 years



Program Description

Oregon's doctoral program in Comparative Literature department, the first of its kind on the West Coast, preserves the commitment to language and literary history proper to the best traditions of the field, while also offering a flexible course of study structured to accommodate the diverse interests and backgrounds of its students, which typically number about 25.  

The program has long been known for the humane ad supportive environment it affords. The intellectual quality of its students is matched only by their esprit de corps.  

Upon admission to the program, students are guaranteed funding in support of their studies, and all receive hands-on training. Furthermore, thanks to a curriculum that emphasizes collaboration and mentorship, students have the opportunity, generally over the final two years of their degree program, to design and teach their own courses on literature, film and related media.

The Department of Comparative Literature's core faculty, along with participating faculty from across the Oregon campus, is known for its academic breadth, with strengths ranging from the Early Modern to the present, and with emphases on theoretically informed approaches to intermedial aesthetics, globalization studies, comparative modernisms, psychoanalysis, disability studies, and much more.

The Department of Comparative Literature will be pausing admissions to our graduate program for the 2021 admissions cycle only. We look forward to evaluating applications again in fall 2021 for matriculation in fall 2022.

Program Information  Faculty

Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website.

UO Application Requirements

Program-Specific Application Requirements


  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample


  • GRE (UO Institution Code: 4846)

Not Required

  • GMAT

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