Students intending to seek admission to the Comparative Literature and Society major or concentration are encouraged to speak as soon as possible to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), Prof. Madeleine Dobie. Her office hours are M/W 4:15-5:15 or you can make an appointment.

Students seeking admission to the Medicine, Literature and Society major track should speak to Dr. Rishi Goyal, Director of Medicine, Literature and Society. His office hours are most Tuesdays between 10-12 in the Heyman Center. Please email him to confirm.

Students should also organize their course of study in order to complete the following admissions requirements by the end of the sophomore year:

  • Completion of two advanced-level literature/culture courses in a foreign language
  • Completion of at least four terms of study of a second foreign language, or two terms in each of two foreign languages (MLS majors speak to Rishi Goyal about this requirement.)
  • A GPA of at least 3.5
  • Registration in Introduction to Comparative Literature and Society (CPLS UN3900) in the spring semester of the sophomore year

The application worksheets outline the requirements for the CLS and MLS major tracks. The equivalent worksheet for the CLS concentration can also be downloaded below.

The worksheet should be submitted along with a focus statement of one to two pages. The focus is a period, theme, problematic, movement, etc. that the student proposes to explore from an interdisciplinary and/or a comparative perspective. The faculty understands that this statement is itself a work in progress, but also that it serves as a useful guide to the student’s academic pursuits and course selection. Prospective majors and concentrators are encouraged to consult with the DUS about the particulars of the focus statement or about any other aspect of the application process.

Applications to a major or concentration for the Class of 2019 are due Monday, January 4, 2017 by 5pm in the ICLS office. We will be closed for the winter break Dec 23-Jan 3. We strongly prefer you email your application, focus statement, and transcripts as one pdf with your full name to icls@columbia.edu.