Literature Beyond Borders

Comparative and World Literature (CWL) is a way of studying world literature. It is a broad and rich discipline that tackles literature across national borders, time periods, languages and genres and crosses boundaries between literature and the other arts. Through the interdisciplinary nature of this field, students acquire solid knowledge in several disciplines of the humanities as well as critical abilities.

Why Study Comparative and World Literature at SF State?

  • Broad Discipline: CWL students are able to follow a program that can be shaped by their own interests.

  • Broad Perspective: CWL enables students to develop their own perspective because of the richness of the program.

  • Cross-Disciplinary Knowledge: a critical asset in today's complex and multicultural society.

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“What I really like is the autonomy you have to build your area of focus. It’s really great to be able to find what you’re very passionate about reading and writing about and to put them together on your own.”

— Jessica Mejia, 1st Year Graduate Student



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