Graduate Studies

Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture

The new graduate program in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture (CSLC) replaces the PhD programs in Comparative Literature, French, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Spanish.   Students interested in Spanish and Latin American literature and culture may pursue their degree in one of three tracks:

Track I: Comparative Media and Culture

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. 

Track II: Comparative Literature

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: Spanish and Latin American Studies

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.

Upon completion of the degree, students will earn the Ph.D. in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture to be further specified as appropriate in parentheses (Comparative Media and Culture), (Comparative Literature), (French and Francophone Studies), (Slavic Languages and Literatures), or (Spanish and Latin American Studies).

Read more about the PhD in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture.

  • Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Taper Hall of Humanities 156
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0358