Breathtaking excitement, heroes and fair maidens, tragedies, children’s books, family sagas and undying love – for thousands of years, literature has been one of the most dynamic forms of cultural expression. Literature enables us to challenge and expand our understanding of the world and create new ideas and realities.
Are you interested in literature, communication and language? As a comparative literature student, you work with the way language is used in world literature. We use language to create a sense of fellowship and to distinguish the differences from the way this is done in other cultures. This is achieved by using all the practical functions of language in stories and poetry. However, we can also use language to tell lies, and make ironic remarks, puns or nonsensical rhymes. Literature is a way for us to participate in the culture in which we live by using language – its imagery and aesthetics.
The supplementary subject in comparative literature introduces you to basic areas of comparative literature, such as the history of literature, the history of literary criticism, literary theory, text analysis and communicating literature.
The supplementary subject thus not only makes you familiar with fundamental methodologies and competences within the analysis and theories of comparative literature, but also provides you with an opportunity to delve into selected literary and interdisciplinary topics of particular interest to you.
The supplementary subject in comparative literature, combined with two years of completed basic studies, qualifies you for admission to the Master’s degree programme in comparative literature.
In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.
You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.
Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.
As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.
You can find this information in the academic regulation for the bachelor’s supplementary subject:
In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.
In your studies of comparative literature, you attend a combination of lectures, presentations and discussions, seminars and guest lectures.
The Department of Comparative Literature organises many activities that you can participate in:
In addition, you can become involved in activities at the Student Committee and the Board of Studies, or participate in the many events, workshops, seminars and special theme days at the barracks and the university in general.
In addition to study activities, there are many social events held at the barracks.
Students with skills in comparative literature typically find work in the following five areas:
The employment area is vast. In recent years, new workplaces have been added and these draw on your broad knowledge and flexible qualifications. As a graduate, you are able to work independently and analytically and to adapt your linguistic and aesthetic creativity in inspiring collaboration with others.
The supplementary subject in comparative literature provides you with the following competences: