On this programme, you divide your time equally between the two subjects. Comparative literature is about making comparisons – and connections – between challenging themes and motifs in different literatures and cultures. As well as having the opportunity to study a range of genres, time periods, and national literatures (all of which can be studied in translation), you can cross nationalities and even time periods. You could also examine links between literature and a whole range of other art forms: such as music; film; popular culture or visual arts. Linguistics complements the study of literature, allowing you to gain an understanding of how language works and how we communicate with each other. You will develop systematic ways of looking at examples as diverse as youth language in our multicultural and multilingual cities, or the English used in the media and politics. You will consider how new technologies shape the form of English and whether the spread of English in the world is changing or even killing other languages. In your first year you will follow foundation modules introducing you to various aspects of linguistic and literary theory alongside modules focusing on particular aspects of both subjects. Advanced options in second and final years permit you to concentrate on the areas of literature and linguistics that interest you the most.