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2022 Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools

185 Colleges in the United States
5,744 Bachelor's Degrees
a bachelor's degree in linguistics and comparative literature is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #73 out of 338 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

College Factual looked at 185 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 5,744 bachelor'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 Bachelor's Degree

Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools Your choice of linguistics and comparative literature for getting your bachelor'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

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 11%.

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Above Average Earnings After Graduation

To determine the overall quality of a linguistics and comparative literature school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their bachelor's degree from the school. Recent students who earned their bachelor's degree in the United States entered the job market making an average of $25,589 while those in the top 25 schools on our list made an average of $30,725.

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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 bachelor'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 bachelor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized linguistics and comparative literature related body.

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

One Size Does Not Fit All

The comparative literature school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Linguistics & Comparative Literature in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in linguistics and comparative literature. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Comparative Literature

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
10 Annual Graduates

It is hard to beat Northwestern University if you wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in linguistics and comparative literature. Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #16 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

Northwestern University is one of the most popular universities to study comparative literature in the United States with roughly 10 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University is a great option for individuals interested in a bachelor's degree in linguistics and comparative literature. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #7 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 35 linguistics and comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available. Those linguistics and comparative literature students who get their bachelor's degree from Duke University earn $14,411 more than the typical comparative literature grad.

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#3

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
26 Annual Graduates
$14,669 Median Student Debt

It's difficult to beat Georgetown University if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in linguistics and comparative literature. Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #17 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 26 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available.

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28 Annual Graduates

Columbia University in the City of New York is a wonderful decision for individuals pursuing a bachelor's degree in linguistics and comparative literature. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #23 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

With 28 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent year we have data available, Columbia University in the City of New York is one of the most popular universities to study comparative literature in the United States.

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151 Annual Graduates
$15,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 10th out of 113 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 151 linguistics and comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent data year. Linguistics & Comparative Literature bachelor's degree recipients from University of California - Los Angeles receive an earnings boost of approximately $2,811 over the typical earnings of linguistics and comparative literature graduates.

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#6

Brown University

Providence, RI
20 Annual Graduates
$13,721 Median Student Debt

Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #19 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were about 20 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year.

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#7

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
5 Annual Graduates

Located in the distant town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 6th out of 100 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

Bucknell University is one of the most popular universities to study comparative literature in the United States with about 5 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#8

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
75 Annual Graduates
$26,625 Median Student Debt

Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 3rd out of 48 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Virginia.

There were approximately 75 linguistics and comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent year we have data available. Bachelor's recipients from the linguistics and comparative literature major at Virginia Tech earn $3,911 above the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#9

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
6 Annual Graduates

Boston College is a large private not-for-profit college located in the city of Chestnut Hill. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #33 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.

With 6 students who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Boston College is one of the most popular colleges to study comparative literature in the United States.

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12 Annual Graduates
$6,500 Median Student Debt

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #30 out of 1,683 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 12 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#11

Boston University

Boston, MA
21 Annual Graduates

Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Boston. This university ranks 12th out of 56 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 21 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent data year.

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#12

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
28 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #10 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were roughly 28 linguistics and comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year.

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#13

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
10 Annual Graduates

Located in the town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #22 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Williams is a great college overall.

A preferred choice for linguistics and comparative literature students, there were roughly 10 students who completed this degree at Williams in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY
3 Annual Graduates

Hamilton is a small private not-for-profit college located in the midsize suburb of Clinton. This college ranks 5th out of 124 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of New York.

With 3 students who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Hamilton College is one of the most popular colleges to study comparative literature in the United States.

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#15

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
1 Annual Graduates

Trinity Bantams is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Hartford. This college ranks 2nd out of 20 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were approximately 1 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at Trinity Bantams in the most recent year we have data available.

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#16

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA

Located in the town of Lexington, VMI is a public school with a small student population. This school ranks 7th out of 48 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Virginia.

With 11 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, Virginia Military Institute is one of the most popular schools to study comparative literature in the United States. Those linguistics and comparative literature students who get their bachelor's degree from Virginia Military Institute make $12,011 more than the standard comparative literature grad.

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#17

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
18 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Waltham, Brandeis is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 14th out of 56 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

A favorite major for linguistics and comparative literature students, there were approximately 18 students who completed this degree at Brandeis in the most recent data year.

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#18

New York University

New York, NY
20 Annual Graduates
$23,625 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 7th out of 124 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 20 linguistics and comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent year we have data available. Linguistics & Comparative Literature bachelor's degree recipients from New York University get an earnings boost of around $6,811 over the typical earnings of linguistics and comparative literature graduates.

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#19

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
60 Annual Graduates
$19,500 Median Student Debt

JMU is a fairly large public university located in the city of Harrisonburg. This university ranks 6th out of 48 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 60 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at JMU in the most recent year we have data available. Bachelor's recipients from the linguistics and comparative literature program at James Madison University get $3,611 above the standard graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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81 Annual Graduates
$13,755 Median Student Debt

UC Berkeley is a fairly large public university located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #24 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were about 81 linguistics and comparative literature individuals who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available. Bachelor's graduates who receive their degree from the comparative literature program make an average of $25,100 in their early career salary.

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#21

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT
11 Annual Graduates

Located in the town of Middlebury, Middlebury is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 1st out of 11 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Vermont.

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

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19 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 84 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Texas.

With 19 students who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Texas A&M University - College Station is one of the most popular universities to study comparative literature in the United States.

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#23

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
26 Annual Graduates

Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #15 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

A preferred major for linguistics and comparative literature students, there were roughly 26 students who completed this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available.

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#24

Barnard College

New York, NY
9 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of New York, Barnard is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #32 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Barnard is a great college overall.

Barnard College is a fairly popular college to study comparative literature in the United States with approximately 9 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#25

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
99 Annual Graduates
$15,971 Median Student Debt

Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, UF is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 79 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Florida.

There were about 99 linguistics and comparative literature students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the comparative literature program state that they receive average early career earnings of $23,600.

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Rest of the Top Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools

#25

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
28 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
29 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
30 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
31 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
32 Emory University Atlanta, GA
33 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
34 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
35 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
36 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
37 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA

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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Linguistics & Comparative Literature is one of 17 different types of Foreign Languages & Linguistics programs to choose from.

Comparative Literature Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Modern Languages 2,336
Linguistics 2,298
Comparative Literature 734
Other Linguistic, Comparative, & Related Language Studies & Services 254
Applied Linguistics 63
Language Translation 59

Related Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 12,437
East Asian Languages 1,616
Classical Languages & Literature 1,168
Germanic Languages 1,163
American Sign Language 528
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 499
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 354
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 249
Turkic & Central Asian Languages 4
Southeast Asian & Pacific Languages 4

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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