Applying to CSLC

For general application procedures to USC Graduate School, please refer to the Graduate Admissions website

CSLC accepts applications for admission to the Fall term only and only for the Ph.D. degree.  Applicants seeking a terminal M.A. degree should not apply.  Priority consideration for financial assistance is given to completed applications, including supporting documents, received by December 1, 2014 for admission in Fall 2015.

 General requirements for admission to CSLC Tracks I, II, and III include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree awarded by a U.S. institution in a relevant discipline, or the equivalent degree from another accredited college or university
  • A minimum earned grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), or the equivalent, in undergraduate and any previous graduate course work
  • Satisfactory scores on the verbal and quantitative General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
  • Letters of recommendation from three recent instructors in relevant disciplines
  • For international applicants whose native language is not English, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  (For more information, refer to the Office of Graduate Admission's International Student Proficiency in English page.)

In addition to meeting these general requirements, to be considered for admission to each Track you must include the following supplemental materials:

Track I: Comparative Media and Culture

  • A 500-word statement in which you describe clearly your interest in Comparative Media and Culture, your proposed field of concentration, the research you would like to undertake, and your level of competence in languages other than English.
  • A sample of your scholarly writing (15-25 pages) that treats a subject relevant to the field of Comparative Media and Culture. A paper submitted for a course is fine.

Track II:  Comparative Literature

  • A 500-word statement in which you describe clearly your interest in Comparative Literature, your proposed field of concentration, the research you would like to undertake, and your level of competence in languages other than English. Successful applicants to Track II will have the ability to do graduate-level work in two language traditions in addition to English. 
  • A sample of your scholarly writing (15-25 pages) that treats a relevant literary, critical, or theoretical subject. A paper submitted for a course is fine.

Track III: National Literatures and Cultures

French and Francophone Studies

  • A 500-word statement in which you describe clearly your interest in French and Francophone Studies, your proposed field of concentration, the research you would like to undertake, and your level of competence in French and other languages besides English. 
  • A sample of your scholarly writing (15-25 pages) written in French.  It should treat a subject relevant to the field of French and Francophone studies. A paper submitted for a course is fine.

Slavic Languages and Literatures

  • A 500-word statement in which you describe clearly your interest in Slavic Languages and Literatures, your proposed field of concentration, the research you would like to undertake, and your level of competence in Russian, other Slavic languages, and any other languages besides English. 
  • A sample of your scholarly writing (15-25 pages) that treats a subject relevant to the field of Slavic studies. A paper submitted for a course is fine and may be written in either English or Russian.

Spanish and Latin American Studies

  • A 500-word statement in which you describe clearly your interest in Spanish and Latin American Studies, your proposed field of concentration, the research you would like to undertake, and your level of competence in Spanish and other languages besides English. 
  • A sample of your scholarly writing (15-25 pages) in Spanish. It should treat a subject relevant to the field of Spanish or Latin American studies. A paper submitted for a course is fine.

 

The following application materials are to be submitted online:

  • Graduate Admission Application and application fee
  • Statement of interest
  • Letters of recommendation.  (If these cannot be submitted electronically, hard copies may be sent directly to CSLC.)
  • Writing sample
  • Copy of transcripts (unofficial is fine) from each institution you've attended for undergraduate and graduate work completed or attempted

 

The following application materials are to be mailed directly to:

Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street
Room 112
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

  • Official results of the Graduate Record Examination sent by the testing agency. This exam should be taken as early as possible so that the results will be received by the December 1 application deadline.
  • Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate work completed or attempted.  International students should also refer to the Office of Graduate Admission’s list of minimum requirements for graduate admission to USC for international applicants.

           International Students

  • Official results of the TOEFL or IELTS are sent by the testing agency.  Exam should be taken as early as possible so that the results will be received by the December 1 application deadline.   

 

In addition, please send copies of both your GRE exam scores and TOEFLor IELTS scores (if applicable) to

Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
University of Southern California
Taper Hall of Humanities 161
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0353