Columbia's Department of English and Comparative Literature has played a significant role in the history of literary study in the United States and abroad since its inception.  With a large faculty of renowned scholars and dedicated teachers, our department offers a wide range of courses, recognizing traditional values in the discipline yet reflecting its changing shape. For details about our graduate and undergraduate programs, faculty, courses, and upcoming events, follow the appropriate link on the navigation bar above.


University Provost, John H. Coatsworth, awarded Profs. Sharon Marcus and Nicholas Dames a grant for their proposed Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), "The Great Novels." For more information, see:

Prof. James Shapiro and Benjamin Markovits have been announced as the winners of the prestigious James Tait Black Prizes.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society is pleased to announce the titles of the fifteen books from among those released in 2015 that are on the short lists for the Society’s annual book awards, The Christian Gauss Award, The Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, and The Ralph Waldo Emerson Award.