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The Association of Departments and Programs of Comparative Literature (ADPCL) is an organization for department heads, committee chairs, graduate officers, curriculum coordinators, and others who are leading a Comparative Literature unit or initiative in their institution. Affiliated with both the American Comparative Literature Association and the Modern Language Association, the ADPCL holds meetings for program administrators and conference sessions on programmatic topics, conducts workshops for job-seekers, suggests experienced Comparative Literature representatives to serve on program-review committees when requested, and offers other administrative assistance where appropriate.

As our Constitution indicates, “The purpose of the ADPCL, as an organization of administrators, is to promote the interests of departments, programs, and other academic units of Comparative Literature in colleges and universities in North America, in cooperation with the American Comparative Literature Association and the Modern Language Association; to facilitate communication among such departments and programs or their representatives; to provide a forum for discussing issues of the discipline in the context of higher education; and to encourage the development and continued growth of the discipline.”

In its current special emphasis, the ADPCL has studied the characteristics of the undergraduate Comparative Literature major in various types of institutions, first with a national survey undertaken in 2005, and currently with an updating of that survey. This project is led by Corinne Scheiner of Colorado College. For information on the national survey and the data available thus far, see the Curriculum tab above.