Related Programs and Departments
As an interdisciplinary field of research and teaching, Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst draws on a variety of faculty and programs outside of Comparative Literature proper. The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures houses four programs besides Comparative Literature, each of which contributes in important ways to Comparative Literature scholarship: Spanish and Portuguese, French and Italian, German and Scandinavian, and Asian Languages and Literatures.
Faculty in a number of other academic programs also enhance and broaden the scope of Comparative Literature: faculty in English and American Studies, Communication, Anthropology,Women's Studies, Afro-American Studies, History, Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, Classics, Art History and Music have played important roles in the development of our majors and graduate students.
The graduate certificate program in Women's Studies has benefitted a number of our students, as has the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies and the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival. The Certificate Program in Latin American Studies and the Program in Russian and East European Studies both point our attention to cultural spheres that are sometimes neglected in the academic compartmentalisation of disciplines. The UMass Translation Center serves as a hub for students interested in the practice of interpretation and translation.