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.

Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey brings together the artist’s 1977 series of collages and watercolors based on Homer’s great epic.
The English & Comparative Literature Department congratulates Professors Patricia Dailey, Stathis Gourgouris, and Molly Murray on receiving the 2015 Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award.
Sharon Marcus sees her new role as dean of humanities as a chance to put the humanities at center stage.