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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Graduate Programs

Comparative Literature M.A. | Comparative Literature Ph.D. | Spanish Ph.D.
French M.A. | German M.A. | Spanish M.A. |
MAT in Foreign Languages


Graduate Assistantship Information

Admission requirements:

Students seeking admission to the Graduate Programs in the Department of Languages Literatures and Cultures should have completed, or should be close to completing, an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, with a major or equivalent in the pertinent language. A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is expected.

Applicants should normally obtain the following minimum scores on the GRE examination:

  Verbal Analytical
Native English Speakers 153 4.0
Non-Native English Speakers 146 3.5

Those applying to MAT programs may take the Miller Analogies test and be admitted with a score of at least 40 or 396, depending on the scale.

Students submitting GRE scores according to the older scoring system should normally have obtained the following minimum scores on the GRE examination:

  Verbal Analytical
Native English Speakers 500 500
Non-Native English Speakers 400 400

 

Applicants who are not native speakers of English must meet the USC Graduate School's language requirement: "An applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 80 Internet-based, or 570 paper-based, but some programs have set higher standards. The minimum acceptable overall band score on the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam is 6.5."

Application procedure:

  • Students are invited to go to the Graduate School site and apply online. Paper applications are no longer available. Supporting materials are to be submitted with the online application.

For those students requesting a Graduate Assistantship:

Admission requirements:

  • Students seeking admission to the Graduate Programs in the Department of Languages Literatures and Cultures should have completed, or should be close to completing, an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, with a major or equivalent in the pertinent language. A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is expected.
  • 3 letters of recommendation from professors familiar with student’s academic work and preparation for graduate work.
  • a statement of purpose written in English: explain the connection between USC’s programs and your personal goals
  • Provide and scholarly paper (between 2500-5000 words), perhaps written for a course taken during undergraduate/ graduate program. Paper should be on a literary/cultural studies or language acquisition topic related to the program you are applying to. It must demonstrate knowledge of the topic, with a well thought out argumentation, and with clarity of expression.
  • For those applying for a teaching assistantship in Comparative Literature, French, German, Spanish, an audio (MP3) recording of language speech sample from non-native speakers, limited to 5-15 minutes is required.  Communication in the target language should be fluid and clear, containing a brief summary of college career, academic interests, and plans for the future.  Depending on background and previous degree, some students may be contacted for a phone interview.

Admission candidates who wish to request financial assistance should complete the application by January 1 (see below). Admission candidates who do not wish to request financial assistance should complete the application process by May 1. Applications received after this date will be considered only if space is available.

Financial Assistance (Additional information)

Financial assistance is available to degree-seeking graduate students in the form of assistantships which currently pay stipends ranging from $10,500 to $15,000 plus tuition abatement. A limited number of summer appointments are also available. THE DEADLINE for being considered for the first round of TA appointments is January 1. Applications received after that date may be placed on the waiting list. Information on fellowships available from the Graduate School is also available: http://gradschool.sc.edu/students/paying-grad.asp?page=paying

Libraries

University libraries in Columbia house about 7.5 million processed items, including 2.9 million volumes, approximately 3.5 million units on microfilm, and some 18,000 current periodicals. The German holdings in the Thomas Cooper Library , which ranks among the top university research libraries in the US and Canada, are considerable and include both the Jantz and the Faber du Faur collections on microfilm; they are continually updated

The City

USC Columbia is the main campus of the eight-campus University of South Carolina. Columbia , the state capital, is located in the Midlands region of South Carolina, about two hours by car from either Atlantic coast beaches or the mountains. The city offers a short, moderate winter, a pleasant spring and fall, and a very warm summer, permitting year-round outdoor recreation and sports activities. Columbia has a metropolitan population of more than 500,000 and a very active cultural life, with theatre, opera, concerts, various museums, a beautiful zoo with botanical gardens, and much more.

Training for Graduate Assistants

All graduate assistants undergo both theoretical and practical training in the teaching of their chosen foreign language. Student instructors are closely supervised by the faculty. They normally teach in the beginning classes. Opportunities to earn an additional stipend in summer employment give graduate assistants experience in teaching a wider variety of courses.

For additional information, please contact: Prof. Franciso Sanchez, Graduate Director. E-mail: sanchezf@mailbox.sc.edu.