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Your courses will address literature in the broadest sense, including canonical texts, popular literature, film, and opera from diverse national traditions. As a major, much of your work will be done in other literature departments and will involve reading in foreign languages.

Comparative literature has taught me to question everything, and to examine what I read both closely and broadly. My professors have pushed me to do things I never thought I could. Whether it was tackling Proust's masterpiece, deciding to conduct independent summer research, or helping me decide where to study abroad – faculty in the comparative literature department have mentored me in every aspect of my life at Hamilton.

Meghan O’Sullivan ’15 — comparative literature major

After Hamilton

  • Senior Publicist, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • Civil Rights Director/Attorney, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
  • Director of Strategic Planning, Hewlett Packard
  • Professor of Pediatrics, Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Vice President, International Marketing, Sony Music Entertainment
  • President, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
  • ESL Teacher, English, L'Ecole Aujourd'hui (Paris)
  • Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice

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Comparative Literature Department

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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