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.

Yale President Peter Salovey presented the honorary degree to nine individuals who have achieved distinction in their respective fields at the 2015 Commencement ceremony held on May 18.

Edward Mendelson, Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Brent Hayes Edwards has been awarded a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship in Literary Criticism for a book project titled "Art of the Lecture."