Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts

Faculty of Humanities

Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts

Graduate Program

“We provide a rigorous, thought-provoking, intellectually diverse and supportive environment in which to assist students truly committed to inquiry, to research, and to the development of new ideas.” David Fancy, Graduate Program Director.

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts is an interdisciplinary and inter faculty program that not only focuses on the study of literature from different nations, but also examines the ways in which literature enters into dialogue with the fine and performing arts. Throughout the program, students examine contemporary approaches to texts of various types, as well as the possibilities and problems that arise in comparative studies, including issues related to the translation and adaptation of works. Through coursework, students are encouraged to develop a cross-disciplinary understanding of how works of art or cultural production evolve, are received, and are interpreted.


While the program offers both a thesis option and a major essay option, students are strongly encouraged to pursue the major essay option, as the additional coursework required by this stream provides more opportunity for comparative analysis across the arts. For more information on the degree requirements for pursuing a thesis or major essay, see the graduate calendar. Students choosing the thesis option must submit a proposal to the Graduate Director to be considered by the Graduate Committee prior to classes commencing in the fall for acceptance into the thesis stream.


The SCLA program has been specially designed, nurtured, and honed to challenge students with a real interest in the multi and interdisciplinary collision of ideas in the Humanities, particularly questions of comparativity between different forms of creative expression. The notion of ‘comparison’ is not to be understood as static however, but rather as the vital exploration of new theoretical and creative articulations between seemingly diverse bodies of thought and works of art. Expert Faculty members from across a variety of disciplines contribute regularly to keep the SCLA program on the cutting edge of inquiry.


Departmental Events

Student Poster exhibit
February 6, 2016 - 9:00am - 7:00pm
Screening of Venezuelan film Pelo Malo (Bad Hair)
February 10, 2016 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Festiv'ébène 2016 Francophone festival (Black history month)
February 8, 2016 - 9:00am - February 27, 2016 - 10:00pm