PhD Program

The Comparative Literature Program at the University of Maryland, distinguished by its emphasis on reading in original languages, promotes the rigorous study of multi-disciplinary texts, discourses and media. Students admitted into Maryland’s very selective Comparative Literature program benefit from interactions with an internationally recognized core faculty with strengths in literatures of the Americas, the Atlantic, Africa, and the African Diaspora, Europe, and Israel, and the Jewish Diaspora, as well as expertise in literary theory, postcolonial studies, digital humanities, film, and LGBT studies.

Students entering our rigorous four-year PhD program must already hold an MA degree either in English or in another language and literature. Exceptional candidates without the MA may be admitted to the program with the understanding that once they complete an MA degree at UMD (in the English Department or in another relevant language department) they will be directly admitted to the program in CMLT. All admitted students receive support in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships, or a combination of both.

Since the University of Maryland is located just ten miles from Washington DC, we have easy access to the city’s rich cultural and scholarly resources, including the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the National Archives. By enrolling in our program, Comparative Literature students join an exciting, diverse, engaged and thriving intellectual community.