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.

Colm Tóibín has been nominated for a Folio Prize for his novel Nora Webster. 

The Department of English and Comparative Literature mourns the passing of Mark Strand, member of the faculty since 2006.

Rachel Adams' Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery (Yale University Press, 2013) has been awarded the 2014 Educators' Book Award from the Delta Gamma Society.