Doctoral students are expected to take their qualifying exams in the semester following completion of coursework (typically in the fifth or sixth semester).
The qualifying exam for the Ph.D. in Portuguese consists of two written exams of six hours each and an oral exam, if the written exam warrants. Students concentrating in Portuguese will also be examined in Spanish or in the language related to their approved secondary area of interest. A written or oral examination may also be required in the minor field, at the discretion of the minor department. The qualifying examination may be repeated only once.
Students are held responsible for both a literary period and a genre (which coincide with the literary period and genre that is the focus of the student’s dissertation) to be chosen from the following:
- Genre: Prose, Drama, Poetry
- Period: Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries.
In addition to the Lusophone area, students choose a secondary area of interest (normally Spanish America or the Spanish Peninsula). Students should make their selection of areas in consultation with their advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies.