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Graduate Programs

The Department of Comparative Studies offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees focused on the critical study of culture, power, and difference, as well as a graduate minor in Comparative Cultural Studies and a graduate interdisciplinary specialization in Comparative Literature.

Graduate work in Comparative Studies addressing complex processes of cultural change, stability, and interaction, with particular attention to the construction of knowledge and the dynamics of power and authority. Graduate students in the Comparative Studies are distinguished by their interdisciplinarity, their interest in community-based and public-facing humanities scholarship, and their hands-on engagement with collaborative research and transformative pedagogy.

This section of the website details goals and learning outcomes for the department's graduate programs, the elements of the applications process, funding resources, and degree requirements. Answers to specific questions about applications, admissions, and degree requirements may also be found in our Graduate Handbook or in our FAQ.

For more information

  • Learn more about our M.A. program
  • Learn more about our Ph.D. program
  • Learn more about graduate funding
  • Apply to one of our graduate programs
  • Learn more about our alumni
  • Questions you can't find the answer to? Reach out to our academic program coordinator, Mark Anthony ArceƱo (arceno.1@osu.edu) or our graduate studies chair, Miranda Martinez (martinez.475@osu.edu).

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