Comparative Literature

Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts
Campus: Saint John

Every corner of the world has its poets, its novelists, its chroniclers. Comparative Literature at UNB attempts to understand the cultural and linguistic differences that separate them.

You’ll study literature across national borders, time periods, and languages and genres. You’ll read literatures in translation and discuss the implications of taking a literary text from one language to another. You’ll also learn how a broad understanding of world literature can help us grasp the unity of humankind through texts, while exploring the relationship between literature and other disciplines.

Why Comparative Literature at UNB?

Comparative Literature at UNB is a multi-disciplinary field, which means you’ll learn from multiple fields of study and perspectives within the Arts faculty.

Hands-on learning:

  • Students interested in comparative studies in world literature(s) can participate as authors and/or editors for the literary Vox, as contributors to theatre production courses, and as developers of interdisciplinary discussions on a variety of genres.

Skills you will acquire:

  • Critical thinking for oral and written presentations
  • Clarity of communication in oral and written forms
  • Creative interaction with ideas and texts
  • Cultural awareness through literary exploration
  • Research skills

For more information, visit the Department of Humanities & Languages.

Admission requirements

For admission requirements, select "Arts" in our admission requirements tool.

Sample Courses

  • WLIT 2503: Introduction to Comparative Literature
  • WLIT 3314: European Romanticism
  • ENGL 3601: Literary Theory
  • FR 3704: Aspects of World Francophone Culture


  • Copy writer or editor
  • Cultural advocate
  • Educational development professional
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor

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