Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Comparative Literature

Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Field of Study:Comparative Literature
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)


Western’s program in Comparative Literature has recognized strengths in various literatures (especially – but not limited to – American, Canadian, Classical, English, French & Francophone, German, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian and Spanish). What distinguishes it from similar programs across the country (Toronto, Alberta, Montreal...) is the insistent focus on critical theory, postcolonial literature, East-West cultural relationships and inter-media studies (particularly visual art and film). Many of those teaching in the program are well established scholars of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and 18-20th-century cultures. While our Ph.D. candidates are usually employed as Teaching Assistants, some of them may be asked to offer courses of their own design in Western’s undergraduate Comparative Literature and Culture program.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*80
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    An M.A. with a minimum average of A- (80), normally in Comparative Literature or a national literature
    Proficiency in two languages in addition to English, at a level sufficient to do graduate-level work on texts in those languages
    Application Notes : To apply for admission, a completed application must be submitted, providing Western with the following:
    1. Personal Information
    2. Academic History
    3. References
    4. Supplementary Questions
    5. Application Fee Payment
 of $100.
    6. Supplemental Documents
    7. Proficiency in English Scores

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 11, 2022