Comparative Studies encourages critical reflection about culture across boundaries of discipline, nation, and language. Scholars in Comparative Studies attend to the construction of knowledge and the dynamics of power and authority in a range of historical discourses and practices: social, religious, literary, aesthetic, technological, scientific, political, and material.
Self-reflective and critical analyses of social, cultural, historical and political contexts are central to work in Comparative Studies. Using interdisciplinary and comparative methods of inquiry, scholars work to account for the complexities of social relations and human existence.
Comparative Studies students are encouraged to develop their critical and analytical skills and to become effective global citizens, guided by an ethos of mutual respect and persistent questioning, and recognition of the value and pleasures of critical intellectual work.
Research shows that Arts & Humanities majors are competitive on the job market, strong earners, and global thinkers. For more, see Choosing a College Major. Also, companies like Google value the skills provided by a Humanities or Arts major (see The humanities and the arts contribute to making you workforce and world ready), and Humanities majors are gainfully employed and happy. An integrated education from a double major in the Liberal Arts and Science, Medicine, or Engineering has several long-term benefits, including strengthening critical thinking skills and empathy, opening up employment opportunities, and preparing students "for the challenges of work, life, and citizenship ahead." "Most humanities majors are well employed and well compensated" and have developed crucial skills that make them top candidates for a variety of exciting jobs.
***The Department of Comparative Studies is committed to interdisciplinary and cross-cultural inquiry and exchange. Our research and teaching focus on the rigorous comparative study of human experiences and ground our engagement with issues of social justice. Our community embraces people from all areas of the globe. In this moment of political upheaval and the sharp increases in xenophobia, we reaffirm our commitment to the sincere and respectful understanding of cultural difference across the planet and the promotion of this understanding through our research and teaching. Consequently, we value and commit to advocating for the continued movement of students, scholars, refugees and immigrants across borders. We will support any member of our community affected by the current situation.***