Comparative Literature

I took three literature courses and one course on translation at USFQ and I learned a great deal about South American/Spanish literature and the perspective of native Ecuadorians on English literature and American culture.

Allen Edward Haughton, Jr. '12, Beloit Ecuador Exchange: USFQ, Fall 2011


Domestic Programs


Study Abroad Programs

Note: Literature courses are offered in almost every university abroad.  In addition to teaching the literature of their own country and region, many universities routinely offer English, Irish and American literature courses that may give students a different viewpoint.


Australia – ISEP: Macquarie University, Sydney

Fall, spring (southern hemisphere calendar)

Language: English

Prerequisites: 2.5 gpa, 3.0 for internship; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.

Housing: On campus residence halls/off-campus apartments, students provide own meals.

Details: Study with local students; course choice from a wide range of departments; several creative writing courses within the departments of English, Critical and Cultural Studies, and Media; many literature courses including Australian literature; orientation and a guide to Sydney on line; internships possible, volunteer opportunities available.


Hong Kong - Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China  

Exchange fall, spring, academic year

Language: English

Prerequisites: Previous coursework with an Asian focus.

Housing: Shared room in campus student hostel, students provide own meals.

Details: Study at the only Chinese liberal arts college with local and international students; live in a major international commerce center; basic Cantonese available; wide range of social sciences and humanities courses, no natural science; students encouraged to take classes in Cultural Studies; contemporary drama, poetry, literature including works from western and Chinese writers; excellent campus facilities; many student activities, excursions.  


Hungary – Eötvös Collegium, Budapest 

Fall, academic year

Language: English, Hungarian language class.

Prerequisites: Hungarian language and culture course strongly recommended.

Housing: Live in the Collégium, honors college of Eötvös University, with Hungarian students, students provide own meals.

Details: Study with program students, courses in Hungarian language, history, art and culture, research seminar and a directed individual research project; museum project possible; option of a literature course in the Anglo-American Workshop; other university courses available; rich cultural environment; orientation to the city. 


United Kingdom - Lancaster University, Lancaster, England    

Fall 10-week term plus pre-session course, spring & summer terms

Language:  English. 

Prerequisites: Minimum cum 2.8 gpa and in subjects relevant to your study plan.

Housing:  On campus accommodation with local and international students; shared kitchens; options for meals.

Details: Fall term students arrive early and choose from 2 courses (each worth 4 semester hours) with field trips and orientation; choose from regular university courses in science, social science and the humanities, women’s and gender studies and film; creative writing courses include a creative writing workshop, short fiction, poetry and writing for the screen; shopping on the university campus outside of Lancaster, easy access to town.  


United Kingdom – University of East Anglia, Norwich 

Fall, spring          

Language: English

Prerequisites: None

Housing: single-occupancy dorm rooms with shared kitchens.  Students prepare meals themselves.

Details: Extensive course options in creative writing, including prose, drama and poetry; the UEA Literary Festival features weekly lectures by published writers; prestigious alumni of the program include Ian McEwen.

United Kingdom – University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland 

Fall, spring

Language: English

Prerequisites: 3.0 gpa, previous study in your field, coursework relative to the understanding of Scotland

Housing: University assists students find housing in halls of residence or student flats, students provide own meals.

Details: University has switched to a semester system; study with local and international students, wide variety of first and second year courses available, third year courses possible in major with background; classes for study abroad students in: arts, sciences, information and mathematical sciences, business and social sciences; lectures and tutorials, some art classes available in the Glasgow School of Art; courses in English and Scottish literature, Celtic civilization; some year-long classes not open to spring semester students; study with local and international students.


United Kingdom – ISEP: University of Ulster, 4 campuses, N. Ireland   

Spring, academic year

Language: English

Prerequisites: Previous coursework relative to the understanding of Northern Ireland.

Housing: Varies by campus: apartments, residence halls or student houses; meal stipend or provide own meals

Details: Courses in peace studies, policy studies, life sciences, informatics, engineering, mathematics, Irish studies, English literature, economics, law and applied social studies; the Coleraine campus offers specialty  courses in literature including Genres of Writing, Writing and Editing, Irish Story Telling and Irish Women’s Writers; study with local students.   


Recent literary studies majors have studied on ACM programs in Florence and Tanzania; through Beloit College in China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Russia and Turkey; programs through other providers in Australia, England, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Peru and Scotland.  Students are also encouraged to work with a Beloit faculty advisor on a special project tailored to their literary interests in any study abroad location.


Domestic Programs

ACM: Chicago Arts, Chicago   

Fall, spring

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing preferred, approval through campus selection process, previous coursework relating to an arts discipline (including audio, literature, communication, performance, visual arts).

Housing: Program students housed in double rooms in apartments with cooking facilities located in Chicago neighborhoods; students provide own meals.

Details: Study with ACM program students; 4 units of credit: a city-centered Core Course, a choice of Seminar course topics; an internship connecting academics to the world of work; an independent study project related to the student’s academic goals, often linked to the internship.    


ACM: Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities  


Prerequisites: Junior or Senior status; preparing serious research in the Humanities

Housing: Canterbury Court Apartments, downtown Chicago, students provide own meals.

Details: Work with faculty members to delve into the collection of the Newberry Library in Chicago; the Library's collections focus on the civilizations of Western Europe and the Americas from the late middle ages to the early 20th century; designed for mature and motivated students.   


Last Updated: 4/2016