USC Catalogue 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture (Spanish and Latin American Studies) (PhD)
Spanish and Latin American Studies
The Spanish and Latin American Studies track in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture provides an optimal academic environment for students interested in advanced studies and research in Spanish and Latin American literature and culture studies. Students pursue a course of study designed to develop a broad knowledge of the subject matter within the framework of comparative studies as well as current developments in the field and are encouraged to devise individualized programs of specialization in keeping with the highest standards of scholarship.
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 ; five additional courses in Spanish or, with permission, courses in a related field. 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).
Reading knowledge of two languages in addition to Spanish and English must be demonstrated either by successfully completing a course at the 400-level or above taught in the languages or by passing a reading examination in the languages. Students confer with the graduate adviser to decide which option is most appropriate. This requirement must be fulfilled at least 60 days before the qualifying examination.
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 (Spanish and Latin American Studies) is conferred when all of the degree requirements have been completed satisfactorily.