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Languages, Literatures and Cultures, M.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Multilingual students with awareness of many cultures thrive in their chosen careers. Prepare for a teaching career or to conduct research abroad in your language specialty with our advanced degree program.

Develop expertise in Spanish, French, German or comparative literature, and further your knowledge in literature and cultures across the world. You'll undertake an in-depth study of literature in your language specialization and work closely with our faculty on research. Non-thesis options are available.

Program Highlights

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    Global Education

    Gain valuable, transferable skills by studying languages, literatures and cultures from around the world.

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    Study Abroad

    Enjoy many exciting study abroad opportunities in the exchange program with universities in Europe.

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    Valuable Experiences

    Acquire teaching experience while developing critical thinking, reading, listening and writing skills in your language specialty.

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    Supportive Faculty

    Learn from our outstanding language professors who are well-versed in their areas and care about students' success.

What You’ll Study

Coursework includes literary and cultural theory, research methods, analyzing and discussing texts in the target language (orally and in writing) and producing original research that demonstrates graduate-level discourse. Admission and graduation requirements vary by area of specialty.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    Foreign Language Skills

    Communicating effectively to understand different cultures and foster global connections

    Intercultural Competence

    Developing the skills to communicate effectively and work collaboratively across cultures

  • Interprofessional Collaboration

    Working with professionals from different disciplines to provide coordinated care or services


    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Teacher
  • Translator
  • Business Manager/Executive
  • Diplomat

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • International Business
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Publishing
  • Advertising

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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