Honors Program

Do you like working independently on literary or cultural research projects? Have you kept your GPA in your COLT major up to at least 3.5? If so, then why not devote part of your senior year to researching and writing an Honors Thesis in a subject that you design in close consultation with a member of the faculty? When completed and accepted by the faculty committee advising you, this accomplishment will be recognized by the award of the "B.A. in Comparative Literature with Honors." Sounds impressive and it is!

For further details about the Honors Program, see here or make an appointment with the department chair.

Laurence C. Welch Essay Prize

Every year, this cash prize is awarded to the best essay written for an upper-division COLT course (300-level or higher) as judged by a committee of faculty from those submitted. The deadline for submissions is usually announced and posted in early April. Check with the COLT department office for more information about how to submit your best COLT essay of the year for this prestigious award.

Comparative Literature Major Prize

This is an annual cash prize awarded to an outstanding graduating major as determined by GPA and the judgment of a committee of faculty. There is no application procedure. The award is made at the department's Spring Commencement reception where we honor all our graduating majors.

  • Department of Comparative Literature
  • USC Dornsife
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Taper Hall of Humanities 161
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0353