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2023 Comparative Literature Popularity

There are about 2,176 students enrolled in Comparative Literature in the USA.

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Comparative literature is the 237th most popular degree in America, with 803 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #238 Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing, and narrowly lost to #236 Forensic Psychology.

The degree is offered at a total of 95 colleges across the nation, and is the 174th most widely offered degree. Given that comparative literature is offered at 40% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America, you can be sure this is a critical degree and the skillsets acquired are likely to last for a long time.

It is also worth noting that 52% of colleges offering comparative literature are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The far west produces the most comparative literature graduates, largely led by University of California-Los Angeles, while it’s the Division III Independents that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from University of California-Los Angeles and University of California-Santa Barbara.

All that being said, no individual school produces more comparative literature graduates than University of Arkansas, which graduated 145 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study comparative literature). More students studied comparative literature as a percentage of total students at Reed College than any other college.

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