Through the CSLC Doctoral Program, students pursue their degree in one of the three Tracks (for complete descriptions of the requirements in each of these Tracks, see page 301 of Catalogue of Courses):
This track allows students to study varied media—visual, print, sound, digital—from a comparative perspective and to deepen their understanding of the specific cultural, historical, and linguistic contexts of different media works. With advanced competence in at least one language other than English and in addition to CSLC courses, Track I students are able to take graduate courses in the foreign language departments (East Asian, French, Italian, Slavic, Spanish, and so forth) as well as other appropriate departments such as Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts.
The core of Track II is preparation for advanced research in several literary traditions in their original languages. Students in this track develop their knowledge of literature across linguistic boundaries by taking graduate courses as needed in the foreign language departments (East Asian, French, Italian, Slavic, Spanish, and so forth) as well as in Comparative Literature, English, Classics, American Studies, or other relevant disciplines. The study of literature’s historical development within specific cultural or ideological contexts is combined with broad consideration of literary, political, and aesthetic theory.
Track III: National Literatures and Cultures
Through their course and other work, students in this track achieve a broad knowledge of major French and Francophone literary texts and traditions from the Middle Ages to the present. The curriculum rotates three year-long themes that represent the thought, literature and culture of France and the French-speaking world. The three themes are “Rhétoriques (des arts),” “Révolutions,” and “Raison et déraison.”
Study in Slavic provides a thorough grounding in Russian literary and cultural history as well as in the theoretical perspectives current in the field. There is also a strong linguistic component of the curriculum and the possibility of studying a second Slavic language.
For students interested in advanced studies and research in Spanish and Latin American literature and culture studies, the course of study is designed to develop a broad knowledge of the subject matter within the framework of comparative and transatlantic studies as well as other developments in the field. Students are encouraged to devise individualized programs of specialization.