Ph.D. in Spanish Literatures Track

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Course work requirements
All students must take a Proseminar focused on Professional Training and Development (1 s.h.) and a faculty-supervised Pedagogical Practicum (2 s.h.). In addition, students must take a minimum of 12 courses (36 s.h.) beyond the MA/MFA, for a total of 22 courses beyond the undergraduate degree, combining the MA/MFA and the PhD.Of these 12 courses, at least 3 (9 s.h.) must be in Spanish American literature or culture; at least 3 (9 s.h.) must be in Spanish literature or culture; 1 of these 6 courses must be pre-1700. Students approved for a dissertation with a creative component can take 1 graduate course in Spanish Creative Writing beyond the MFA. This course cannot be taken during the first three semesters in the PhD program. 3 graduate courses may be taken in any Department, subject to the approval of the Advisory Committee.

Students are encouraged to complete a graduate certificate such as those listed below. UI Graduate Certificates that complement this track include:

  • Book Studies/Book Arts and Technologies (18 s.h.)
  • College Teaching: Fine Arts and Humanities (12 s.h.)
  • Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies (16 s.h.)
  • Literary Translation (15 s.h.)
  • Online Teaching (12 s.h.)
  • Public Digital Humanities (15 s.h.)

Language and Romance Literature Tool Requirements: Candidates in the literatures/cultures track must complete the equivalent of three years of collegelevelstudy of one language.Students who will write dissertations on topics in Spanish or Spanish American literature before 1700 are strongly encouraged to select Latin, Arabic, or an Amerindian language to satisfy this requirement; students should consult specialists in their field to determine which language is most appropriate. Students may take more than two languages if their course work permits. Language tool course work below the third-year college level does not count toward the 72 s.h. required for the degree. Courses taken to fulfill the language tool requirements may be taken Pass/Non pass (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory). f the language tool requirements are satisfied by examination, the exam results must be documented in the student's file.

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.

Dissertations can: (a) present a research project within literary/cultural history and/or theory in the form of a monographic study; (b) present a research project within literary/cultural history and/or theory in the form of a set of journal-article-style research essays, accompanied by an in-depth theoretical and critical reflection that will comprise 20-30 pages; (c) offer a major creative project, accompanied by an in-depth theoretical and critical reflection; (d) a critical edition of a literary work, accompanied by an in-depth theoretical and critical reflection; (e) a translation of a literary work, accompanied by an in-depth theoretical and critical reflection. Note: theoretical and critical reflections for options (c), (d) and (e) will comprise no less than 50 pages.