Jun 17, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 
USC Catalogue 2023-2024

Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture (Comparative Media and Culture) (PhD)

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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.

Course Requirements

In addition to the MA course requirements listed under Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture (Comparative Media and Culture) (MA), 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. Only one enrollment of up to 4 units of directed research (590) or research (790) will count toward the 60-unit minimum required to complete the degree.

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.

Qualifying Examination
To be admitted to candidacy for the PhD, students must pass this examination after all course work has been completed.
Dissertation Defense

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.

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