PhD in Hispanic & Lusophone Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics

A Doctor of Philosophy is expected to make scholarly contributions that will expand and enrich his or her own field of specialization through the development of new areas of research. The degree is awarded in recognition of high attainment and ability in a special subject field as demonstrated by passing the required examinations and successfully defending a thesis that is based on original research and that makes a significant contribution to knowledge in the candidate's field. Within the Ph.D. Program there are four areas of emphasis: Iberian Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Decolonial Global Portuguese, and Hispanic Linguistics.

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Hispanic Literatures & Cultures

Course requirements - 79 credits Language requirements (1)
  • Pedagogy/Professionalization: 7 credits (SPPT 5995, SPPT 5999, SPPT 8920, SPPT 8930)
  • Peninsular Lit & Culture: 12 credits (SPAN 51xx)
  • Latin American Lit & Culture: 12 credits (SPAN 55xx)
  • Portuguese Lit: 3 credits (options include: PORT 55xx, PORT 5920, SPPT 5930)
  • Department Electives: 9 credits (options include: SPAN 5xxx, PORT 55xx, PORT 5920, SPPT 5930)
  • Outside Coursework: 12 credits (TBD 5xxx)
  • Thesis requirement: 24 credits (SPAN 8888)

Reading knowledge and oral comprehension in a language outside the principal area of study

  • For many students the requirement will be fulfilled with Portuguese
  • Other languages may be substituted with the approval of the advisor if such substitution(s) strengthen the student's program. 

    Lusophone Literature & Culture

    Course requirements - 79 credits Language requirements (1)
    • Pedagogy/Professionalization: 7 credits (SPPT 5995, SPPT 5999, SPPT 8920, SPPT 8930)
    • Lusophone Lit & Culture: 12 credits (options include: PORT 55xx, PORT 5920, SPPT 5930)
    • Hispanic/American Lit & Culture Lit & Culture: 12 credits (SPAN 5xxx)
    • Department Electives: 12 credits (options include: SPAN 5xxx, PORT 55xx, PORT 5920, SPPT 5930)
    • Outside Coursework: 12 credits (TBD 5xxx) 
    • Thesis requirement: 24 credits (SPAN 8888)

    Reading knowledge and oral comprehension in a language outside the principal area of study

    • For many students the requirement will be fulfilled with Spanish
    • Other languages may be substituted with the approval of the advisor if such substitution(s) strengthen the student's program.

      Hispanic Linguistics

      Course requirements - 82 credits Language requirements (2)
      • Pedagogy/Professionalization: 7 credits (SPPT 5995, SPPT 5999, SPPT 8920, SPPT 8930)
      • Phonology: 3 credits (options include: SPAN 5711, SPAN 5721, SPAN 5930 Face, LING 5302)
      • Syntax/Pragmatics: 3 credits (options include: SPAN 5716, SPAN 5714, LING 5201, LING 5206, SPAN 5930 Ocampo)
      • History of Language: 3 credits (SPAN 5701)
      • Language Variation: 3 credits (SPAN 5985, SPAN 5717, SPAN 5718, SPAN 5930 Klee)
      • Second Language Acquisition: 3 credits (SPAN 5991, SPAN 5930 Menke)
      • Additional Core Coursework: 15 credits (SPAN 57xx, SPAN 59xx)
      • Courses with Linguistic Content: 9 credits (many CI 5xxx & LING 5xxx apply - work with advisor)

      1. Reading knowledge and oral comprehension in a language outside the principal area of study

      • For many students the requirement will be fulfilled with Portuguese
      • Other languages may be substituted with the approval of the advisor if such substitution(s) strengthen the student's program.  

      2. Reading knowledge of an additional language or LAT 1001 within the past four years (or a directed study in Latin). Reading knowledge generally is defined as the ability to read a scholarly article in the target language and may be achieved via:

      • A graduate reading course taken at the University, via CourseShare, or elsewhere
      • A Graduate Language Certificate from another department
      • Passing the reading section of the LPE in the target language
      • An alternative arrangement made with the advisor