USC Catalogue 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture (Comparative Media and Culture) (PhD)
Track I: Comparative Media and Culture
The primary goal of the track in comparative media and culture is to prepare students to engage in original research and teaching after acquiring: a broadly based knowledge of the formal specificity and possibilities of different print, visual, sound and digital media; an understanding of the development of different media within their specific cultural and linguistic contexts; and a knowledge of the principles of criticism and theory essential to the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of individual works.
In addition to the MA course requirements listed above, six additional 4-unit courses are required, distributed as follows: one of the following: COLT 602 , CSLC 601 or CSLC 603 ; two courses in non-Anglophone literary or cultural traditions; three additional courses in CSLC or in fields related to the study of media and culture. Students will also complete the professional development sequence, CSLC 600 and CSLC 700 , which are 2-unit courses and offered only as credit/no credit. No more than two of the total required courses may be in directed research (590 or 790).
Foreign Language Requirements
Students must successfully complete at least three advanced courses (400-level or higher) in the original language of a tradition other than Anglophone.
Track I Field Examination
See the requirement in the MA section.
To be admitted to candidacy for the PhD, students must pass this examination after all course work has been completed.
An oral defense of the dissertation must be satisfactorily completed before the dissertation can be filed with the Graduate School.
Awarding of Degree
The degree of PhD in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture (Comparative Media and Culture) is conferred when all of the degree requirements have been completed satisfactorily.