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.

Professor of English and American Studies, Rachel Adams, has been appointed President of the Columbia Center for the Study of Social Difference. She will serve for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

Eleanor Johnson has been appointed as Distinguished Visiting Scholar for a short-term residency at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA in spring of 2016.