Core Curriculum

The following courses make up the core curriculum of the Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture Doctoral Program.  All introductory sequence courses noted below are required.  Ph.D. students are required to take one of the three advanced sequence courses noted below. 

Introductory sequence (all are required): 
  • CSLC 501 Introduction to Comparative Media Studies:  Ways of thinking about the differences and relations among different cultural media:  literature, film, video, manga/comics, “new media,” and so forth. 
  • CSLC 502 Introduction to Literary Theory:  Major developments in 20th-century literary criticism, with special attention to theoretical work of the past three decades.
  • CSLC 503 Introduction to Comparative Studies in Culture: Examines culture as an instrument of discursive practice that shapes social formations in Asia, Europe, North and Latin America.   
Advanced sequence (one is required): 
  • CSLC 601 Seminar in Comparative Media Studies: Intensive comparative study of visual and literary media.
  • CSLC 602 Seminar in Literary Theory:  Intensive study of a theoretical tradition or critical movement, or of an individual topic or thinker, in literary criticism or theory.
  • CSLC 603 Seminar in Comparative Studies in Culture: Intensive study of intellectual and cultural history, with focus on key literary and theoretical texts.
Professional Development Workshops

Toward the end of your program, you will also take two workshop courses (ungraded and for two credit units each) that will help prepare you for the profession of teaching and research:

  • CSLC 600 Professional Development I: Publication:  Preparation of book and article manuscripts for publication and placement in presses and journals; revising dissertations for publication; preparing papers for conferences. Students produce an article manuscript ready for submission to a journal.
  • CSLC 700 Professional Development II: Applying for Positions: Familiarizes students with the process of seeking an academic position, from assembling a dossier to interviews and on-campus visits.