Why Brock?

“Freedom… Comparative literature is the discipline in the Humanities that prepares students to pursue their intellectual and creative interests beyond traditional categories. Areas of specialization should be developed by students in consultation with their faculty advisor going beyond pre-established categories of research. This is a demanding discipline that allows one to examine ideas wherever they may take us and to contribute to the understanding of the world of the creative imagination. This is what Northrop Frye considered the development of the educated imagination. This freedom of inquiry carries with it the responsibility of mastering the chosen area of specialization.”

— Dr. Mario J. Valdés, SCLA Colloquium 2011

The SCLA program is unparalleled in terms of its capacity for developing integrative, synoptic and analytical thought. SCLA graduates are successful in their chosen field, and regularly attribute this success to the formative experience they have at Brock in the rich academic and intellectual community afforded by the program.


This demanding Master’s program provides students with a wide range of synthetic and analytical forms of training, while at the same time exposes them to an extensive amount of creative expression from a diversity of fields. As the Humanities evolve to become at once both increasingly integrated in terms of the ways in which different disciplines draw on comparable theoretical and philosophical bases, while at the same time increasingly expansive in terms of the fields of inquiry with which the Humanities engage. A degree in SCLA provides its graduates with unique opportunities for further study or employment in a range of fields.

Research at Brock

SCLA students find themselves at the heart of a thoughtful and dedicated community of scholars, researchers and artists, all working at the top of their game. Much effort in the Humanities is expended, by means of bodies such as the Humanities Research Institute, as well as events such as conferences and colloquia, to generate the kind of intellectual community that SCLA students find compelling and educative. SCLA is an ideal venue for emerging researchers and intellectuals to begin developing a real sense of what professional academic collegiality can bring to their intellectual development and to their careers.