Ph.D. in Spanish Literatures Track
Course work requirements
A minimum of 36 s.h. (12 courses) beyond the M.A., for a total of 22 courses beyond the B.A. combining the M.A. and the Ph.D. The following distribution must be completed:
2 courses in literary theory
3 courses in Spanish literature
3 courses in Spanish American literature
1 cinema course
2 seminars in literary or cultural studies
1 literature course in another Romance language
SPAN 6999 Thesis (3-15 s.h.)
Language and Romance Literature Tool Requirements: Candidates in the literature track must complete the equivalent of three years of college-level study of one language other than Spanish and one year of college-level study of another language. Candidates are required to study a Romance literature other than Spanish in the original language. Assuming that such course work is taken at the third-year college level, this will also satisfy the language tool requirement for the equivalent of three years of college-level study of a language other than Spanish. The study of Luso-Brazilian literature is highly recommended. If Portuguese is not the language chosen to fulfill the Romance literature requirement, it must be the language used for the other language tool requirement.
Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination
The purpose of the Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination is to determine whether the candidate has gained sufficient breadth and depth of research knowledge in Hispanic literatures to enter the profession. The written component of the examination includes four elements: two 3-hour written examinations, one for each of two broad areas of literary history; one position paper in a specialized area related to the thesis (which is expected to form part of the introduction to the dissertation), and one research essay, typically a substantially revised version of a paper written in one of the two required seminar courses. The oral examination lasts for approximately two hours, with half the oral devoted to an examination of the two broad areas and half focusing on the research essay and position paper.
More specific information on the procedures and the structure of the Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination can be found in the Graduate Program Manual of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
By the end of the semester of the comprehensive examination or no later than the fourth week of the following semester, the student presents a dissertation prospectus, to be defended before the dissertation committee, comprised of five faculty members. Following approval of the prospectus, the dissertation writing process typically takes three to five semesters. The dissertation defense is presented in the semester of graduation. The Graduate Program Manual of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese describes the content and structure of a typical prospectus in literature and details the expected timeline toward successful completion of the degree.