Welcome to Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture

Inaugurated by USC Dornsife in 2011, the Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture Doctoral Program is a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary program that cultivates the common ground tying Comparative Literature, Comparative Media and Culture, French and Francophone Studies, and Spanish and Latin American Studies, while carrying out path-breaking research in each of these disciplines. 

By design, program remaps the boundaries of these fields while carrying on the very best of their traditions and enlarging what each can bring to the study of its discipline.  The invention of CSLC marks our commitment to shaping the future of doctoral education in the humanities. 

There are several hallmarks of CSLC’s program: 

  • three distinct Tracks
  • the Comparative Media and Culture track, which allows you to study all kinds of media in a strongly grounded context of cultural and linguistic difference
  • a core curriculum shared by all three Tracks
  • a workshop course to help prepare students for future teaching and research career.

In addition to these new features, CSLC combines the energies and expertise of nearly 30 full-time faculty and 50 current graduate students.  

Questions about the CSLC doctoral program?  Email cslc@dornsife.usc.edu




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  • University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0353