Comparative literature is dedicated to the study of literature in an international and interdisciplinary context.  Majors read widely across periods, genres, and national traditions. They study literature and culture from various parts of the world to develop knowledge and critical understanding of how cultures differ from as well as connect and interact with one another through the medium of artistic expression. They study theoretical approaches - traditional and contemporary, ancient and modern - to literature and other media and examine the relationship of literature to other fields and disciplines in the arts and sciences.  The program offers majors the opportunity to design individual programs of study across languages, cultures, and media in keeping with their particular linguistic capabilities and intellectual goals.

Courses in translation and the minor in Translation Studies allow students to develop the ability to work with and across languages and to reflect critically on the theory and history of translation and the role of translation in bridging literary traditions and connecting cultural worlds.
Comparative Literature & Translation Studies
320 Milbank Hall 
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Department Assistant: Sondra Phifer


Translation Theatre Summer Course
Barnard’s prestigious Center for Translation Studies is going to Paris! In this four-week program, students will immerse themselves in French culture by attending theater performances and navigating daily life as a Parisian, all while working collaboratively on translating five French plays into English with a foremost practitioner.  Classes will be held in Columbia University’s historic Reid Hall and students have the option of living with a French family or in an apartment in the city.
Information Session: 
Tuesday, March 20th
Milbank 227




National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan
July 2 - August 10, 2018
Now accepting applications!