Spanish and Latin American Studies

The graduate program in Spanish and Latin American Studies is one of several tracks in the PhD in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture (CSLC), which houses graduate studies in the USC Departments of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, French and Italian, and Comparative Literature. For more information on CSLC, please visit

The current configuration of Spanish and Latin American Studies within the CSLC PhD enables students to benefit from interdisciplinary research in literary and cultural theory even as it preserves a strong emphasis on research on the literary, visual and musical cultures of the Latin American and Iberian worlds, from Argentina and Brazil to Mexico and the Caribbean and across the Atlantic to Spain.

Doctoral candidates in Spanish and Latin American Studies work closely with students from other tracks – Comparative Media and Culture, Comparative Literature, and French and Francophone Studies – in a series of seminars that seek to introduce a diverse student cohort to major developments in literary criticism, culture and society, and relations among different media, including literature, film, and new media. The CSLC program thus brings together the transdisciplinary energy of various kinds of comparative studies with in-depth research in Spanish and Latin American Studies as its own field.

Our program is unique due to the exceptional range of interdisciplinary approaches of our faculty, which includes critical theory and deconstruction; queer and feminist theory; critical race theory; ethical and political philosophy; visual and media studies; performance, theater and opera; Mexican studies; Caribbean literature and thought; Southern Cone studies; Spanish Peninsular literature and film; Luso-Brazilian and Portuguese studies; and early Modern studies. To learn more about our faculty here, please visit

If you are interested in the graduate program in Spanish and Latin American Studies, please email

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