Ph.D. Degree

Hispanic Literatures + Cultural Studies Ph.D.

Graduation with the Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures and Cultural Studies requires 90 credit hours:

  • A total of 60 credit hours of departmental coursework, minor coursework, and M.A. transfer credits (up to 30 credits)
  • Remaining credits (roughly 30) completed by Ph.D. thesis hours (S805).
  • Two foreign languages or one in-depth language
  • One minor area (at least 12 credit hours): recommended fields include American Studies, Anthropology, Catalan, Critical Theory in the Humanities, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, English, French, Gender Studies, History, Italian, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Portuguese, Renaissance Studies, and West European Studies
  • One departmental seminar (S708); S512, Theory and Criticism, or its equivalent
  • Methods of Teaching College Spanish (HISP S 517) is required
  • 18 credit hours in Hispanic Literature (excluding S512 and S517)

Qualifying examinations

The qualifying examination will consist of three parts:

  1. 2 three-hour written exams
  2. an exploratory paper
  3. an oral examination (the oral examination will be scheduled after the successful completion of the written examinations)

In addition, a written or oral examination may be required in the minor field, at the discretion of the minor department. The qualifying examination may be repeated only once. For details about examinations, see the information below. Write to the director of Hispanic Literatures with any further questions.