Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture (CSLC) is an exciting and innovative doctoral program. It was inaugurated by USC Dornsife College in 2011 and admitted its first entering class for the 2011-12 academic year.
Behind the creation of CSLC was the idea that Ph.D. education in our fields (Comparative Literature, French and Francophone, and Spanish and Latin American Studies) ought to cultivate a common ground in addition to fostering specialized research. We thus wanted to design a program that could remap 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 renewed and ongoing commitment to shaping the future of doctoral education in the humanities.
There are several hallmarks of CSLC’s program:
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, Spanish, and so forth) as well as other appropriate departments such as Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts.
The following courses make up the core curriculum of the Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture Doctoral Program. All introductory sequence courses noted below are required. Ph.D. students are required to take one of the three advanced sequence courses noted below.
Introductory sequence (all are required):
Advanced sequence (one is required):
Professional Development Workshops
Toward the end of your program, you will also take two workshop courses (ungraded and for two credit units each) that will help prepare you for the profession of teaching and research:
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
All offers of admission to CSLC include five years of full financial support. These support packages take several forms, which are described below. There is no separate application for any of them.
This is the most common form of the five-year financial support package offered to admitted applicants. Three of these five years are fellowships. This means that students receive tuition remission for up to 12 units each semester (fall, spring and summer), medical and dental insurance, all fees, and a monthly stipend. In 2015-16, the stipend is $26,000 paid out over ten months. For the two non-fellowship years, students are assigned some teaching responsibilities, for example, as a teaching assistant in a large lecture class, an instructor in a basic language course or in the Writing Program. During these years, they receive essentially the same level of support as during their fellowship years: tuition remission, health insurance, fees, and stipend.
This highly competitive fellowship is awarded to a top-ranked applicant who has a record of excellence in scholarship and demonstrates outstanding academic promise. With the exception of the higher stipend ($30,000 in 2014-15), the other conditions of the award are the same as the Dornsife-Graduate School Ph.D. Fellowship: three fellowship years and two teaching years, full tuition remission, insurance, and fees.