Literature, MA Film, Literature, and Visual Culture Specialization

Students enrolled in the Film, Literature, and Visual Studies specialization pursue a broadly interdisciplinary course of study focusing on the comparative analysis of film in its relationship to literature, as well as other visual media, across a broad range of national cultures and aesthetic traditions. Students will deepen their ability to interpret films and other works not only in light of the cultural and social conditions of their production, but also in their relationship to the history of literary genres and aesthetic forms.


Course Title
Core Courses (2 units)
LIT 410-0/410-DLIntroduction to Graduate Studies in Literary and Cultural Analysis
LIT 590-0Thesis Research
Specialization Courses - Film, Literature and Visual Culture (4 units)
Various Literature courses are offered throughout the year. Students should refer to the annual course schedule to determine which courses will apply to their specialization.
Electives (3 units)
Three graduate-level courses in Literature. Students may take courses in the areas of American Literature, British Literature, Comparative and World Literature, Film, Literature and Visual Culture, Interdisciplinary Studies, or other areas approved by the SPS Graduate Office. *

About the Thesis

Students sign up for the final course in the program during the term in which they start their master's thesis. The capstone project for the MALit program is an essay of 45 to 60 double-spaced pages written under the supervision of an approved faculty member. The project presents an opportunity to research and explore a topic thoroughly. Students often elect to expand a seminar paper from a previous course. With the approval of the program director, students may create an interdisciplinary final project rather than a traditional thesis.