Narrative Studies Major

Narrative studies prepares students for the development and evaluation of original content for novels, films, theatre and other narrative platforms, but recognizes that the range of professional opportunities in literature and the performing arts is much wider than the roles of author, screenwriter or playwright.

To recognize a good story, to critique, help shape, realize and transform it, requires a background in the history of narrative, cross-cultural and contemporary models, and an understanding of the broader context of popular culture.

Narrative Studies assumes that an effective narrative will be adapted from the medium in which it first appears as new media become available. In the past this has most often meant from written fiction to another form, but the future will likely present more opportunities for narratives written originally for new story-telling environments. To prepare students for a future in which the platform is likely to change, the Bachelor of Arts in Narrative Studies allows students to study across the current platforms while concentrating on the techniques of effective construction common to them all.

In so doing, it draws upon course work from several schools of art but finds its home in the humanities. To help develop the flexibility necessary to understand how stories change across platforms, students are expected to complete at least three courses in literary and three courses in performance-based media. The remaining three courses may be chosen to reflect the student’s personal preference and initial career aspirations.

MDA 490 Directed Research or MDA 494 Directed Creative Projects are capstone experiences: Students work under the guidance of a faculty member in a relevant discipline or professional field, which may include full-time faculty from the college or the participating schools of the arts. Projects intended for the stage should be done under the direction of School of Theatre faculty.

More information about the major in Narrative Studies can be found here: http://catalogue.usc.edu/schools/college/engl/undergraduate/

  •  Narrative Studies courses offered in Fall 2014

    Requirements

    Units

    2014

    Nine or 10 courses totaling 36 units; no more than two at the 100- or 200-level, the rest at the 300- or 400-level, selected from the following lists.

     

     

    Introduction to Narrative Media (choose one course)

    2014

    COLT 101

    Masterpieces and Masterminds: Literature and Thought of the West

    4

    Fall 

    CTCS 190

    Introduction to Cinema

    4

    Fall

    CTCS 191

    Introduction to Television and Video

    4

    Fall

    CTIN 190

    Introduction to Interactive Entertainment

    4

    Fall

    ENGL 261

    English Literature to 1800

    4

    Fall 

    ENGL 262

    English Literature Since 1800

    4

    Fall 

    ENGL 263

    American Literature

    4

    Fall 

    ENGL 471

    Literary Genres and Film

    4

     

    ENGL 481

    Narrative Forms in Literature and Film

    4

    Fall 

    FACS 150

    Visual Culture and Literacy I

    4

    Fall 

    PHIL 446

    Aesthetics and the Film

    4

     

    THTR 125

    Text Studies for Production

    4

    Fall 

    THTR 403

    The Performing Arts

    4

     

     

    Writing and Narrative Forms (choose one or two courses, totaling 4 units)

    2014

    CTWR 412

    Introduction to Screenwriting, and . . .

    2

    Fall 

    CTWR 415a

    . . . Advanced Writing

    2

    Fall 

    ENGL 105x

    Creative Writing for Non-Majors

    4

    Fall 

    ENGL 303

    Introduction to Fiction Writing

    4

     

    ENGL 305

    Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

    4

    Fall 

    ENGL 405*

    Fiction Writing

    4, max 8

    Fall 

    THTR 365

    Playwriting I

    4

    Fall 

    THTR 366*

    Playwriting II

    4

     

     

    Popular Culture and Ethnicity (choose one course)

    2014

    AMST 200

    Introduction to American Studies and Ethnicity

    4

    Fall 

    AMST 274

    Exploring Ethnicity Through Film

    4

    Fall 

    AMST 285

    African-American Popular Culture

    4

     

    ANTH 333

    Forms of Folklore

    4

     

    COLT 365

    Literature and Popular Culture

    4

    Fall

    CTCS 192

    Race, Class and Gender in American Film

    4

     

    CTCS 392

    History of the American Film, 1925-1950

    4

     

    CTCS 393

    History of the American Film, 1946-1975

    4

    Fall 

    CTCS 394

    History of the American Film, 1977-Present

    4

     

    CTCS 407

    African-American Cinema

    4

    Fall 

    CTCS 414

    Chicana/o Cinema

    4

     

    ENGL 392

    Visual and Popular Culture

    4

    Fall 

    HIST 380

    American Popular Culture

    4

    Fall 

    MUSC 400

    The Broadway Musical: Reflections of American Diversity, Issues and Experiences

    4

     Fall

    MUSC 420

    Hip-Hop Music and Culture

    4

    Fall 

    MUSC 460

    Film Music: History and Function From 1930 to the Present

    4

    Fall 

    THTR 395

    Drama as Human Relations

    4

     

    THTR 405

    Performing Identities

    4

     

     

    Narrative in Cross-Cultural Perspective (choose one course)

    2014

    ANTH 372

    Interpretation of Myth and Narrative

    4

    Fall 

    COLT 264

    Asian Aesthetic and Literary Traditions

    4

     

    CTCS 200

    History of the International Cinema I

    4

    Fall 

    CTCS 201

    History of the International Cinema II

    4

     

    EALC 125

    Introduction to Contemporary East Asian Film and Culture

    4

     

    EALC 332

    Modern Korean Literature in Translation

    4

     

    EALC 342

    Japanese Literature and Culture

    4

    Fall 

    EALC 452

    Chinese Fiction

    4

     

    EALC 455

    Japanese Fiction

    4

     

    ENGL 444

    Native American Literature

    4

     

    ENGL 445

    The Literatures of America: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

    4

     

    FREN 320

    French Cinema and French Society: 1900 to the Present

    4

     

    GERM 360

    20th Century German Prose: Texts and Films

    4

     

    ITAL 446

    Italian Cinema and Society

    4

     

    THTR 210***

    Theory and Practice of World Theatre I

    4

     

    THTR 211***

    Theory and Practice of World Theatre II

    4

    Fall 

     

    Western Narrative in Historical Perspective (choose one course)

    2014

    CLAS 325

    Ancient Epic

    4

     

    CLAS 337

    Ancient Drama

    4

     

    CLAS 380

    Approaches to Myth

    4

     

    COLT 312

    Heroes, Myths and Legends in Literature and the Arts

    4

     

    ENGL 423*

    English Literature of 18th Century (1660-1780)

    4

    Fall 

    ENGL 424*

    English Literature of the Romantic Age (1780-1832)

    4

     

    ENGL 425*

    English Literature of the Victorian Age (1832-1890)

    4

    Fall 

    ENGL 426*

    Modern English Literature (1890-1945)

    4

     

    ENGL 430

    Shakespeare

    4

    Fall 

    ENGL 440**

    American Literature to 1865

    4

    Fall 

    ENGL 441**

    American Literature, 1865-1920

    4

    Fall 

    GERM 340

    German Prose Fiction From Goethe to Thomas Mann

    4

     

    GERM 372

    Literature and Culture in Berlin of the 1920s

    4

     

    SLL 302

    Modern Russian Literature

    4

     

    SLL 344

    Tolstoy: Writer and Moralist

    4

     

    SLL 345

    Literature and Philosophy: Dostoevsky

    4

     

    SLL 346

    Russian Drama and the Western Tradition

    4

     

    SPAN 304

    Survey of Fiction (taught in Spanish)

    4

    Fall 

    THTR 301***

    Greek and Roman Theatre

    4

    Fall 

    THTR 302***

    Shakespeare in His World

    4

     

     

    Contemporary Fiction and Drama (choose one course)

    2014

    AMST 448

    Chicano and Latino Literature

    4

    Fall 

    AMST 449

    Asian American Literature

    4

     

    COLT 345

    Realist Fiction

    4

     

    COLT 348

    Modernist Fiction

    4

     

    COLT 351

    Modern and Contemporary Drama

    4

     

    COLT 420

    The Fantastic

    4

    Fall 

    COLT 472

    Los Angeles Crime Fiction

    4

    Fall 

    COLT 475

    Politics and the Novel

    4

     

    EALC 354

    Modern Chinese Literature in Translation

    4

     

    ENGL 375

    Science Fiction

    4

    Fall 

    ENGL 442**

    American Literature, 1920 to the Present

    4

    Fall 

    ENGL 447

    African American Narrative

    4

     

    ENGL 455

    Contemporary Prose

    4

     

    ENGL 463

    Contemporary Drama

    4

    Fall 

    FREN 347

    Race, Gender and Power in Francophone Literature

    4

     

    SLL 303

    Contemporary Russian Literature

    4

     

    SLL 348

    Nabokov’s Novels: Art and Exile

    4

     

    THTR 300

    Introduction to Modern Drama

    4

     

    THTR 314***

    Advanced Topics in Modern Drama

    4

     

     

  •  Narrative Studies courses offered in Spring 2014

    Requirements

    Units

    2014

    Nine or 10 courses totaling 36 units; no more than two at the 100- or 200-level, the rest at the 300- or 400-level, selected from the following lists.

     

     

    Introduction to Narrative Media (choose one course)

    2014

    COLT 101

    Masterpieces and Masterminds: Literature and Thought of the West

    4

     

    CTCS 190

    Introduction to Cinema

    4

    Spring

    CTCS 191

    Introduction to Television and Video

    4

    Spring

    CTIN 190

    Introduction to Interactive Entertainment

    4

    Spring 

    ENGL 261

    English Literature to 1800

    4

    Spring

    ENGL 262

    English Literature Since 1800

    4

    Spring

    ENGL 263

    American Literature

    4

    Spring

    ENGL 471

    Literary Genres and Film

    4

    Spring 

    ENGL 481

    Narrative Forms in Literature and Film

    4

     

    FACS 150

    Visual Culture and Literacy I

    4

    Spring

    PHIL 446

    Aesthetics and the Film

    4

     

    THTR 125

    Text Studies for Production

    4

     

    THTR 403

    The Performing Arts

    4

     Spring

     

    Writing and Narrative Forms (choose one or two courses, totaling 4 units)

    2014

    CTWR 412

    Introduction to Screenwriting, and . . .

    2

    Spring

    CTWR 415a

    . . . Advanced Writing

    2

    Spring

    ENGL 303

    Introduction to Fiction Writing

    4

    Spring

    ENGL 305

    Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

    4

    Spring

    ENGL 405*

    Fiction Writing

    4, max 8

    Spring

    THTR 365

    Playwriting I

    4

    Spring

    THTR 366*

    Playwriting II

    4

     Spring

     

    Popular Culture and Ethnicity (choose one course)

    2014

    AMST 200

    Introduction to American Studies and Ethnicity

    4

     

    AMST 274

    Exploring Ethnicity Through Film

    4

    Spring 

    AMST 285

    African-American Popular Culture

    4

     

    ANTH 333

    Forms of Folklore

    4

    Spring 

    COLT 365

    Literature and Popular Culture

    4

     

    CTCS 192

    Race, Class and Gender in American Film

    4

    Spring 

    CTCS 392

    History of the American Film, 1925-1950

    4

    Spring 

    CTCS 393

    History of the American Film, 1946-1975

    4

     

    CTCS 394

    History of the American Film, 1977-Present

    4

    Spring 

    CTCS 407

    African-American Cinema

    4

     

    CTCS 414

    Chicana/o Cinema

    4

     

    ENGL 392

    Visual and Popular Culture

    4

     

    HIST 380

    American Popular Culture

    4

     

    MUSC 400

    The Broadway Musical: Reflections of American Diversity, Issues and Experiences

    4

    Spring

    MUSC 420

    Hip-Hop Music and Culture

    4

    Spring

    MUSC 460

    Film Music: History and Function From 1930 to the Present

    4

     

    THTR 395

    Drama as Human Relations

    4

    Spring 

    THTR 405

    Performing Identities

    4

     

     

    Narrative in Cross-Cultural Perspective (choose one course)

    2014

    ANTH 372

    Interpretation of Myth and Narrative

    4

     

    COLT 264

    Asian Aesthetic and Literary Traditions

    4

     

    CTCS 200

    History of the International Cinema I

    4

     

    CTCS 201

    History of the International Cinema II

    4

    Spring 

    EALC 125

    Introduction to Contemporary East Asian Film and Culture

    4

     

    EALC 332

    Modern Korean Literature in Translation

    4

    Spring 

    EALC 342

    Japanese Literature and Culture

    4

    Spring 

    EALC 452

    Chinese Fiction

    4

     

    EALC 455

    Japanese Fiction

    4

     

    ENGL 444

    Native American Literature

    4

     

    ENGL 445

    The Literatures of America: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

    4

     

    FREN 320

    French Cinema and French Society: 1900 to the Present

    4

     

    GERM 360

    20th Century German Prose: Texts and Films

    4

    Spring 

    ITAL 446

    Italian Cinema and Society

    4

     

    THTR 210***

    Theory and Practice of World Theatre I

    4

    Spring 

    THTR 211***

    Theory and Practice of World Theatre II

    4

     

     

    Western Narrative in Historical Perspective (choose one course)

    2014

    CLAS 325

    Ancient Epic

    4

     

    CLAS 337

    Ancient Drama

    4

     

    CLAS 380

    Approaches to Myth

    4

     

    COLT 312

    Heroes, Myths and Legends in Literature and the Arts

    4

    Spring 

    ENGL 423*

    English Literature of 18th Century (1660-1780)

    4

     

    ENGL 424*

    English Literature of the Romantic Age (1780-1832)

    4

    Spring 

    ENGL 425*

    English Literature of the Victorian Age (1832-1890)

    4

     

    ENGL 426*

    Modern English Literature (1890-1945)

    4

    Spring 

    ENGL 430

    Shakespeare

    4

    Spring 

    ENGL 440**

    American Literature to 1865

    4

     

    ENGL 441**

    American Literature, 1865-1920

    4

    Spring 

    GERM 340

    German Prose Fiction From Goethe to Thomas Mann

    4

     

    GERM 372

    Literature and Culture in Berlin of the 1920s

    4

     

    SLL 302

    Modern Russian Literature

    4

     

    SLL 344

    Tolstoy: Writer and Moralist

    4

     

    SLL 345

    Literature and Philosophy: Dostoevsky

    4

     

    SLL 346

    Russian Drama and the Western Tradition

    4

     

    SPAN 304

    Survey of Fiction (taught in Spanish)

    4

     

    THTR 301***

    Greek and Roman Theatre

    4

     

    THTR 302***

    Shakespeare in His World

    4

    Spring 

     

    Contemporary Fiction and Drama (choose one course)

    2014

    AMST 448

    Chicano and Latino Literature

    4

     

    AMST 449

    Asian American Literature

    4

    Spring 

    COLT 345

    Realist Fiction

    4

     Spring

    COLT 348

    Modernist Fiction

    4

     

    COLT 351

    Modern and Contemporary Drama

    4

     

    COLT 420

    The Fantastic

    4

     

    COLT 472

    Los Angeles Crime Fiction

    4

     

    COLT 475

    Politics and the Novel

    4

     

    EALC 354

    Modern Chinese Literature in Translation

    4

     

    ENGL 375

    Science Fiction

    4

     

    ENGL 442**

    American Literature, 1920 to the Present

    4

     

    ENGL 447

    African American Narrative

    4

     

    ENGL 455

    Contemporary Prose

    4

     

    ENGL 463

    Contemporary Drama

    4

     

    FREN 347

    Race, Gender and Power in Francophone Literature

    4

     

    SLL 303

    Contemporary Russian Literature

    4

     

    SLL 348

    Nabokov’s Novels: Art and Exile

    4

     

    THTR 300

    Introduction to Modern Drama

    4

     

    THTR 314***

    Advanced Topics in Modern Drama

    4

    Spring 

     

  •  Narrative Studies courses offered in Fall  2013

    Requirements

    Units

    2013

    Nine or 10 courses totaling 36 units; no more than two at the 100- or 200-level, the rest at the 300- or 400-level, selected from the following lists.

     

     

    Introduction to Narrative Media (choose one course)

    2013

    COLT 101

    Masterpieces and Masterminds: Literature and Thought of the West

    4

    Fall

    CTCS 190

    Introduction to Cinema

    4

    Fall

    CTCS 191

    Introduction to Television and Video

    4

    Fall

    CTIN 309

    Introduction to Interactive Entertainment

    4

     

    ENGL 261

    English Literature to 1800

    4

    Fall

    ENGL 262

    English Literature Since 1800

    4

    Fall

    ENGL 263

    American Literature

    4

    Fall

    ENGL 471

    Literary Genres and Film

    4

     

    ENGL 481

    Narrative Forms in Literature and Film

    4

     

    FACS 150

    Visual Culture and Literacy I

    4

    Fall

    PHIL 446

    Aesthetics and the Film

    4

     

    THTR 125

    Text Studies for Production

    4

    Fall

    THTR 403

    The Performing Arts

    4

     

     

    Writing and Narrative Forms (choose one or two courses, totaling 4 units)

    2013

    CTWR 412

    Introduction to Screenwriting, and . . .

    2

    Fall

    CTWR 415a

    . . . Advanced Writing

    2

    Fall

    ENGL 303

    Introduction to Fiction Writing

    4

    Fall

    ENGL 305

    Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

    4

    Fall

    ENGL 405*

    Fiction Writing

    4, max 8

    Fall

    THTR 365

    Playwriting I

    4

    Fall

    THTR 366*

    Playwriting II

    4

     

     

    Popular Culture and Ethnicity (choose one course)

    2013

    AMST 200

    Introduction to American Studies and Ethnicity

    4

    Fall

    AMST 274

    Exploring Ethnicity Through Film

    4

     

    AMST 285

    African-American Popular Culture

    4

     

    ANTH 333

    Forms of Folklore

    4

     

    COLT 365

    Literature and Popular Culture

    4

     

    CTCS 192

    Race, Class and Gender in American Film

    4

     

    CTCS 392

    History of the American Film, 1925-1950

    4

     

    CTCS 393

    History of the American Film, 1946-1975

    4

    Fall

    CTCS 394

    History of the American Film, 1977-Present

    4

     

    CTCS 407

    African-American Cinema

    4

     

    CTCS 414

    Chicana/o Cinema

    4

     

    ENGL 392

    Visual and Popular Culture

    4

    Fall

    HIST 380

    American Popular Culture

    4

     

    MUSC 400

    The Broadway Musical: Reflections of American Diversity, Issues and Experiences

    4

    Fall

    MUSC 420

    Hip-Hop Music and Culture

    4

    Fall

    MUSC 460

    Film Music: History and Function From 1930 to the Present

    4

    Fall

    THTR 395

    Drama as Human Relations

    4

     

    THTR 405

    Performing Identities

    4

    Fall

     

    Narrative in Cross-Cultural Perspective (choose one course)

    2013

    ANTH 372

    Interpretation of Myth and Narrative

    4

    Fall

    COLT 264

    Asian Aesthetic and Literary Traditions

    4

     

    CTCS 200

    History of the International Cinema I

    4

    Fall

    CTCS 201

    History of the International Cinema II

    4

     

    EALC 125

    Introduction to Contemporary East Asian Film and Culture

    4

    Fall

    EALC 332

    Korean Literature in English Translation

    4

     

    EALC 342

    Japanese Literature and Culture

    4

     

    EALC 452

    Chinese Fiction

    4

     

    EALC 455

    Japanese Fiction

    4

     

    ENGL 444

    Native American Literature

    4

     

    ENGL 445

    The Literatures of America: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

    4

     

    FREN 320

    French Cinema and French Society: 1900 to the Present

    4

    Fall

    GERM 360

    20th Century German Prose: Texts and Films

    4

     

    ITAL 446

    Italian Cinema and Society

    4

     

    THTR 210***

    Theory and Practice of World Theatre I

    4

     

    THTR 211***

    Theory and Practice of World Theatre II

    4

    Fall

     

    Western Narrative in Historical Perspective (choose one course)

    2013

    CLAS 325

    Ancient Epic

    4

    Fall

    CLAS 337

    Ancient Drama

    4

     

    CLAS 380

    Approaches to Myth

    4

     

    COLT 312

    Heroes, Myths and Legends in Literature and the Arts

    4

     

    ENGL 423*

    English Literature of 18th Century (1660-1780)

    4

    Fall

    ENGL 424*

    English Literature of the Romantic Age (1780-1832)

    4

     

    ENGL 425*

    English Literature of the Victorian Age (1832-1890)

    4

    Fall

    ENGL 426*

    Modern English Literature (1890-1945)

    4

     

    ENGL 430

    Shakespeare

    4

    Fall

    ENGL 440**

    American Literature to 1865

    4

    Fall

    ENGL 441**

    American Literature, 1865-1920

    4

     

    GERM 340

    German Prose Fiction From Goethe to Thomas Mann

    4

     

    GERM 372

    Literature and Culture in Berlin of the 1920s

    4

     

    SLL 302

    Modern Russian Literature

    4

     

    SLL 344

    Tolstoy: Writer and Moralist

    4

     

    SLL 345

    Literature and Philosophy: Dostoevsky

    4

    Fall

    SLL 346

    Russian Drama and the Western Tradition

    4

     

    SPAN 304

    Survey of Fiction (taught in Spanish)

    4

    Fall

    THTR 301***

    Greek and Roman Theatre

    4

    Fall

    THTR 302***

    Shakespeare and His World

    4

     

     

    Contemporary Fiction and Drama (choose one course)

    2013

    AMST 448

    Chicano and Latino Literature

    4

     

    AMST 449

    Asian American Literature

    4

     

    COLT 345

    Realist Fiction

    4

     

    COLT 348

    Modernist Fiction

    4

     

    COLT 351

    Modern and Contemporary Drama

    4

     

    COLT 420

    The Fantastic

    4

     

    COLT 472

    Los Angeles Crime Fiction

    4

     

    COLT 475

    Politics and the Novel

    4

    Fall

    EALC 354

    Modern Chinese Literature in Translation

    4

     

    ENGL 375

    Science Fiction

    4

    Fall

    ENGL 442**

    American Literature, 1920 to the Present

    4

    Fall

    ENGL 447

    African American Narrative

    4

    Fall

    ENGL 455

    Contemporary Prose

    4

     

    ENGL 463

    Contemporary Drama

    4

     

    FREN 347

    Race, Gender and Power in Francophone Literature

    4

     

    SLL 303

    Contemporary Russian Literature

    4

     

    SLL 348

    Nabokov’s Novels: Art and Exile

    4

     

    THTR 300

    Introduction to Modern Drama

    4

     

    THTR 314***

    Advanced Topics in Modern Drama

    4

     

     


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