Congratulations, Comparative Literature Class of 2020!
The Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan is one of the oldest and best established centers for the study of comparative literature in the country. In existence since 1937, our program has become a magnet for innovative research and teaching, in graduate and undergraduate courses that encourage interdisciplinary and multilingual perspectives on literature and culture. The interests of our faculty and students encompass the most innovative areas of study in the humanities today. We understand the humanities as the desire to humanize, to participate in making the world humane, to make our encounter with the world in which we daily dwell more legible, to recognize its complexity and elusiveness and to say clearly what has to be said, especially in uncertain times.