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PhD in Hispanic & Lusophone Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics

PhD students are expected to make scholarly contributions that will expand and enrich their 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.

There are four areas of emphasis within the PhD program:

  • Spanish peninsular
  • Spanish American
  • Lusophone literatures and cultures
  • Hispanic linguistics

While the student's program involves at least some work in all areas within the department, the focus shall be in his or her area of emphasis.

Graduate students must also take courses outside the department. They may choose to take courses in related departments and programs, such as Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, Medieval Studies, Linguistics, History, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, African-American and African Studies, the Human Rights Program, Georgraphy, and Sociology, among others. The department also has strong institutional ties with important research communities across campus such as the Institute for Advanced Study, European Studies Consortium, CARLA (Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition), the Center for Medieval Studies, the Center for Early Modern Studies, and ICGC (Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change).


Course Requirements

In order to fulfil requirements toward the PhD, a minimum of eighteen graduate courses (including SPPT 5999) are taken after the B.A. Those students entering our PhD program with an M.A. from other institutions must take a minimum of seven semester courses within out program. Students may be asked to take additional coures for a total of twenty-one if, upon a formal review of the student's program by the Director of Graduate Studies, this measure is deemed to be necessary for the purpose of completing the student's preparation. The Graduate School requires all doctoral students to complete a minimum of 12 credits in a minor or related field outside the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. Whether students satisfy this requirement through completing an offical minor or taking related field courses is decided jointly by the student and the adviser, and is approved by the Director of Graduate Studies on the degree program.

For the complete list of required and core courses, please refer to the Spanish & Portuguese Graduate Handbook.

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