Affiliatied Programs

Slavic Linguisitics


The Department of Linguisitics offers a doctorate in Slavic linguistics, and offers students in our doctoral program the opportunity for further study in this area.  For further information, see the web page for the Linguistics Department, or contact Dr. Roumyana Pancheva.


Certificate in Gender Studies


The course requirements for this certificate are: SWMS 560, the core course in Feminist Theory, plus two or three other courses from the list of graduate level courses, 500-level and above (totaling 12 units), which are offered through Gender Studies or are cross-listed with them. It is also required that gender analysis be part of the student's master's thesis or doctoral dissertation.  In lieu of this, a student may substitute an oral exam on three research papers written within the area of women's or men's studies and on relevant graduate work pertaining to feminist scholarship.  For additional information, contact the Gender Studies Program. The Certificate in Gender Studies satisfies the requirement for a PhD Secondary Field in Slavic.


Certificate in Visual Studies


To receive this certificate, students must take MDA/VIST 501 ("Introduction to Visual Studies: Methods and Debates"), a team-taught MDA/VIST 599 course, and two other graduate seminars from an approved list of relevant courses, 500 and above, for a total of at least 16 units. In addition to the completion of these course requirements, students must focus on visual studies as part of their doctoral dissertation. Alternatively, they may take an oral examination based on three research papers they have written within the context of their visual studies coursework.  For details, contact the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate program The Certificate in Visual Studies satisfies the requirement for a PhD Secondary Field in Slavic.


The Huntington-USC Early Modern Studies Institute


This institute supports advanced research and scholarship on human societies between 1450 and 1850.  It offers an array of programs, including conferences, seminars, concerts, as well as opportunities for doctoral and post-doctoral support.  For additional information, click here for their Web site.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education


The SHOAH Foundation Institute, which is part of USC College, maintains a massive archive of holocaust survivors' testimonies, and runs a variety of educational programs.  For access to the archive and information on the Institute, click here for their Web site.

Certificate in Foreign Language Teaching


The Certificate in Foreign Language Teaching provides certification in the theory and practice of second or foreign language teaching for student language teachers concurrently enrolled in graduate degree programs in foreign languages or related graduate programs at USC; for graduates of such programs who are teaching languages; for external candidates concurrently enrolled in similar programs in accredited colleges or universities; or for graduates of such programs who are teaching languages. The certificate is meant to supplement graduate study in the literature or linguistics of foreign languages. It is also meant to supplement classroom teaching. Therefore all candidates for this certificate are required to have taught a second or foreign language for at least one academic year at USC or elsewhere. At USC, this requirement and the course work requirements can be fulfilled concurrently, but external candidates are required to show proof of such teaching experience as a condition of admission.


In addition to teaching, certificate candidates must complete a minimum of four courses (minimum of 12 units) in four areas of study -- linguistics, language acquisition, language teaching methodology, and the teaching of literacy or the literature or culture of a second or foreign language.


The program consists of a practicum and a minimum of four courses: one each in linguistics, language acquisition, language teaching methods, and the teaching of literacy, literature or culture.


Linguistics: (minimum of 3 units) LING 411x Linguistics and Education or, with permission of instructor, LING 500 Structure of Language or an appropriate course in the linguistics of a particular language.


Language Acquisition: (minimum of 3 units) CTSE 409 Foundations of Language Education or, with permission of instructor, LING 527 Second Language Acquisition or an appropriate alternative course.


Language Teaching Methods: (minimum of 3 units) CTSE 537 Methods in Bilingual Education and in Teaching English as a Second Language or an appropriate alternative course.


Literacy/Literature/Culture: (minimum of 3 units) EDHP 586 Teaching Reading and Writing in a Second Language for the Literate Student or an appropriate course in teaching of the literature or culture of a particular language.


  • Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • University of Southern California
  • College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Taper Hall 255
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-4353