The graduate program in comparative literature at UMass Amherst is one of the most vibrant and innovative programs of its kind in the nation. We're devoted to the study of literature beyond linguistic or national boundaries and boast an internationally renowned faculty with particular strengths in interdisciplinary studies and translation. 

The program confers the PhD and the MA degrees in comparative literature. Here, you'll have considerable freedom when designing a course of study and will be encouraged to work across disciplinary boundaries. You can choose to follow a dedicated track in Translation and Interpreting Studies or earn additional certificates in areas like Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies; Feminist Studies; or Film Studies

In the UMass Amherst comparative literature program, you'll find a strong sense of belonging. Together with faculty, our graduate students form a diverse and supportive community, hailing from across the United States, Spain, Iran, Belgium, South Africa, Pakistan, Italy, Poland, the People’s Republic of China, Israel, Turkey, Mexico, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Saudi Arabia.