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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Comparative Literary Studies Graduate Certificate

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Application deadlines - http://www.grad.usf.edu/cert



This certificate offers a comprehensive graduate program of comparative study and research. Linked to the Department of English but not limited to it, the students take core courses in research, bibliography, approaches to critical theory, and develop a comparative study, part of which is often grounded in literature or rhetoric. The certificate culminates with an individualized comparative course (Directed Study) that allows students to engage in the practice of comparative research and results in a research paper, possibly publishable, on an aspect of the focus area(s) of inquiry.Through a thematic or conceptual cluster of five graduate‐level courses in two disciplines, students can explore how different national literatures are interconnected, and/or how different literatures relate contextually and culturally to other disciplines, such as art, music, history, psychology, philosophy, politics, among others.This certificate, owing to the personalized design of each student’s program, appeals to students of diverse backgrounds and interests and their desire to connect literary and aesthetic study to history, foreign languages, philosophy, religion, politics, and cultural studies.By completing this certificate, students will have an excellent formation in comparative or interdisciplinary studies. Graduates may decide to further their studies in comparative studies, literature, or their other discipline(s) of focus. This certificate enhances teaching and research credentials, as well as possibilities for employment in the arts, publishing, broadcasting, journalism, and government.

Course Location/Delivery


Admissions Requirements

Must meet University Graduate Admissions and English Proficiency requirements.  In addition, must also have:

  • B.S. in English or Humanities 
  • minimum GPA 3.30
  • minimum GPA 3.50 in major
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores suggested minimum verbal score of 600.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


Generally, students will have already had some undergraduate study of the discipline(s) they wish to include in their graduate certificate selection of courses. For example, those who wish to study Spanish literature will have knowledge of Spanish.

Requirements of this Certificate (15 Credit Hours)

15 Credit hours. Students will develop an individualized curriculum plan in conjuction with the Graduate Certificate Program Coordinator and the Graduate Dierctor. Normally, course selection will involve two or three courses in the English Department, but


Select two elective courses.

  • One graduate‐level course in a discipline other than English, usually in the Humanitites, Foregein Languages, philosophy, History, Religion,Theatre,Communications,etc. The course should contribute to the student’s proposed area of comparative research.
  • Directed Study‐An individual reading and research course resulting in a graduate‐level research paper of 15‐25 pages with a comparative and/or interdisciplinary focus (related optimally to the courses in theory, literature, and elective discipline).

Time Limit

2 years

Credit Toward Graduate Degree

The certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.


Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/cert

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