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Comparative World Literature

College of Liberal Arts

Department Chair: Tim Caron

Department Office: McIntosh Humanities Building (MHB), Room 517
Telephone / Fax: (562) 985-4239 / (562) 985-4863
Website: www.csulb.edu/depts/complit/

Professors: Alwin Baum, Roland E. Bush, Elizabeth Dahab, Carl Fisher, J. Charles Jernigan, Vlatka Velcic, Teri Yamada

Administrative Support Coordinator: Gretchen Dinger

Students desiring information should contact the department office for an appointment with the advisor.

Career Possibilities

Creative/Media Writer • Editor • Technical Writer • Librarian • Copywriter • Literary Agent • Foreign Service Officer • Public Relations Worker • Market Researcher • Educator • Lawyer • Government Affairs Officer • Management Trainee • Underwriter • Claims Adjuster (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see www.careers.csulb.edu.)


Comparative World Literature is the study of foreign literatures in translation and the relationships among those literatures and between literature and other fields such as art, music, history, philosophy, and theatre. At CSULB, Comparative World Literature also offers a strong focus in cultural studies and mythology as bases for understanding literature and for the ways we see ourselves in a multicultural and global environment. Suggested preparation: course work in world literature, history, English composition, and foreign language.