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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: Spanish Peninsular, Spanish American, and Lusophone Literatures and Cultures, and Hispanic Linguistics.

Course Requirements

Hispanic Literature & Culture
  •  SPPT 5999: The Teaching of College-Level Spanish: Theory and Practice 
  • SPPT 5995: Directed Teaching 
  • SPPT 8920 & SPPT 8930 (3 credits total) 
  • At least 12 credits in minor or related field
  • 24 thesis credits
  • Four 5xxx survey courses (or 8xxx) in Spanish American and 
  • Four in Spanish Peninsular
  • One 5xxx or 8xxx level courses in Portuguese. Courses with either a PORT or SPPT designator fulfill this requirement. In exceptional circumstances courses in another foreign literature at the graduate level immediately applicable to the student's area of concentration may be substituted with the approval of the adviser and DGS if such substitution strengthens the student's program. Petitions should be addressed to the Director of Graduate Studies from the student and his/her adviser. Students taking a 5xxx or 8xxx level course in Portuguese should make every effort to have adequate preparation in the language and it is strongly recommended that they have taken the course PORT 3001 "Portuguese for Spanish-Speakers" or the equivalent.
  • Three additional courses in related or major fields at the 5xxx and 8xxx level in order to strengthen and further define the student's area of concentration. The final make-up of the program is decided by the student with the consent of his/her academic adviser. 
Lusophone Literature & Culture
  • SPPT 5999: The Teaching of College-Level Spanish: Theory and Practice 
  • SPPT 5995: Directed Teaching 
  • SPPT 8920 & SPPT 8930 (3 credits total) 
  • At least 12 credits in minor or related field
  • 24 thesis credits
  • Four 5xxx survey courses (or 8xxx) in Portuguese and
  • Four 5xxx in Spanish American or Spanish Peninsular
  • Five Additional Elective Courses at the 8XXX or 5XXX level in the Department or Relevant to the Student’s Chosen Field of Study (with advisor approval). Any courses taken outside the department cannot also count towards the minor or related field requirement.
  • Portuguese Ph.D. students have the option to petition out of one of the four required Spanish courses if the adviser and student consider it appropriate in accordance to the student's intellectual needs with regard to his/her dissertation project. Ph.D. candidates may use this one course to solidify their knowledge of theoretical or cultural components through courses offered in other departments. Petitions should be addressed to the Director of Graduate Studies from the student and his/her adviser.
Hispanic Linguistics
  • SPPT 5999: The Teaching of College-Level Spanish: Theory and Practice 
  • SPPT 5995: Directed Teaching 
  • SPPT 8920 & SPPT 8930 (3 credits total) 
  • At least 12 credits in minor or related field
  • 24 thesis credits
  • Ten 5xxx and 8xxx-level courses in Hispanic Linguistics (including at least one in phonology, one in syntax/pragmatics, one in language variation, one in history of the language, and one in second language acquisition). 
  • Three courses with linguistic content outside the department. 

Requirements

Course Requirements

see above

Language Requirements

All Students
Students must submit language certification forms to GSSP along with their Graduate Degree Plans. These forms are available online (grad.umn.edu/students/gssp/) or from the Graduate Program Assistant.

Hispanic or Lusophone Literatures/Cultures
For literature/culture students proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese as well as a good reading knowledge and oral comprehension in the minor language (i.e., Portuguese for those emphasizing the Spanish Peninsular or Spanish American areas, Spanish for those emphasizing the Lusophone area) is required. The department strongly recommends work in other languages and literatures/cultures. 
Other languages may be substituted with the approval of the Adviser if such substitution(s) strengthen the student's program. Each program has its own standards for language requirement certification. If a student is fulfilling the requirement in a language other than Portuguese or Catalan, he or she should consult with DGS or GPC  of that department.

Hispanic Linguistics
Proficiency in a second Ibero-Romance language (or another language related to the student’s research with permission of the advisor); 
Reading knowledge of a third language or LAT 1001 within the past four years (or a directed study in Latin)

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