Comparative Studies (BA)

As a Comparative Studies major, you will learn more about the variety of ways people have developed to understand and describe the world, their place within it, and their relationship to others. Understanding cultural similarities and differences is at the heart of the Comparative Studies program. Comparative Studies raises questions that help us understand how culture shapes the lives of individuals and groups. 


  • Comparative Cultural Studies
  • Comparative Ethnic and American Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Folklore
  • Science and Technology Studies

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Areas of Study


Students majoring in comparative studies develop strong skills in analytical and critical thinking and in written and spoken communication. These skills are essential to many positions in both the public and private sector: government; local, national and international service organizations; business and industry; and all levels of education. Comparative studies students also develop their understanding of cultural differences as they attend to the intersections of gender, ethnicity, race and class. In an increasingly diverse nation and interconnected world, employers have come to value this important area of expertise.

courses you might take:

COMPSTD 2360: Introduction to Comparative Cultural Studies

Introduction to interdisciplinary field of cultural studies; emphasis on relation of cultural production to power, knowledge, and authority, globally and locally.

COMPSTD 4921: Intersections: Approaches to Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality

Examines intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality in various sites within American culture (e.g., legal system, civil rights discourse, social justice movements).

COMPSTD 1100: Introduction to the Humanities: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Explores the role of literature and the arts in constructing, maintaining, and questioning the values and beliefs of diverse cultures and historical periods.



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