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2022 Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Doctor's Degree Schools

61 Colleges in the United States
447 Doctor's Degrees
Linguistics & Comparative Literature is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #54 most popular doctor's degree program in the country. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 61 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Doctor's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 447 doctor's degrees in linguistics and comparative literature during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Linguistics & Comparative Literature School for Your Doctor's Degree

Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Doctor's Degree Schools Your choice of linguistics and comparative literature for getting your doctor's degree school matters. Important measures of a quality comparative literature program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

The overall quality of a doctor's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Doctor's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 22% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 12%.

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Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Average Earnings

To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their doctor's degree from the school. After all, your doctor's degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on linguistics and comparative literature students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of linguistics and comparative literature students who choose to seek a doctor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for linguistics and comparative literature to pay back their student loans after receiving their doctor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized linguistics and comparative literature related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for linguistics and comparative literature students working on their doctor's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Doctor's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Linguistics & Comparative Literature in the United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for linguistics and comparative literature students seeking a a doctor's degree.

10 Top Schools for a Doctorate in Comparative Literature

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
9 Annual Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in a doctor's degree in linguistics and comparative literature has to check out Northwestern University. Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #7 out of 741 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

Northwestern University is a fairly popular university to study comparative literature in the United States with about 9 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
11 Annual Graduates

It is hard to beat Georgetown University if you wish to pursue a doctor's degree in linguistics and comparative literature. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #9 out of 741 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 11 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent data year.

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#3

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
2 Annual Graduates

University of Notre Dame is one of the best schools in the country for getting a doctor's degree in linguistics and comparative literature. Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #13 out of 741 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

University of Notre Dame is a fairly popular university to study comparative literature in the United States with approximately 2 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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1 Annual Graduates

Columbia University in the City of New York is a great decision for individuals interested in a doctor's degree in linguistics and comparative literature. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #12 out of 741 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

Columbia University in the City of New York is one of the most popular universities to study comparative literature in the United States with about 1 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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5 Annual Graduates

USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #20 out of 741 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

University of Southern California is a fairly popular university to study comparative literature in the United States with approximately 5 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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#6

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
5 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #5 out of 741 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 5 linguistics and comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

Brown University

Providence, RI
2 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #17 out of 741 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 2 linguistics and comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year.

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8 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 61 colleges for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 8 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available.

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#9

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
15 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #11 out of 741 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were about 15 linguistics and comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available.

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10 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Storrs, UCONN is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 5th out of 12 colleges for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were approximately 10 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at UCONN in the most recent data year.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Linguistics & Comparative Literature students that almost earned our Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Doctor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 New York University New York, NY
12 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
13 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
14 Teachers College at Columbia University New York, NY
15 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA

Linguistics & Comparative Literature by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 17 majors within the Foreign Languages & Linguistics area of study, Linguistics & Comparative Literature has other similar majors worth exploring.

Comparative Literature Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Linguistics 232
Comparative Literature 167
Modern Languages 22
Language Translation 13
Other Linguistic, Comparative, & Related Language Studies & Services 13

Related Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 411
Classical Languages & Literature 83
East Asian Languages 69
Germanic Languages 56
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 56
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 31
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 14
South Asian Languages 6
American Sign Language 3
Native American Languages 2

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Pandit Rahul Sanskrutayan, Banshidhar Mohanty. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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