Sep 22, 2019  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 

Romance Languages (Spanish and Portuguese Studies)

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Romance Languages (Spanish and Portuguese Studies) Program Information

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies offers a graduate program leading to the degree of Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures with a concentration in Spanish.

Students may choose a specialization in either literature/cultural studies or Hispanic linguistics. The program strives to achieve balance and depth. A minor is optional; it may be another Romance language or a different field related to the student’s major (such as English, History, Latin American Studies, Philosophy, Portuguese/Brazilian Literature, or Women’s Studies and Gender Research).

Ph.D. students determine their program of study in close consultation with their Supervisory Committee, which also prepares and administers the Qualifying Examination. Courses should be chosen to develop adequate background for teaching in the field as well as to prepare for more focused work in the area of the dissertation. In the literature/cultural studies track, all candidates must take two courses in literary theory, which will help them to achieve methodological coherence in their dissertations. In the language/linguistics track, students pursue course work in Spanish linguistics, including phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics and language acquisition. They complement these courses with work in the Linguistics Department. The Qualifying Examination normally covers the core areas listed above, the area of the anticipated dissertation, and any declared minor.

Most doctoral students will be given the opportunity to gain teaching experience through a teaching assistantship, dependent upon departmental need and availability of funds. Renewal of the assistantship is contingent upon satisfactory performance as a teaching assistant and as a graduate student.

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Degrees Offered with a Major in Romance Languages

Doctor of Philosophy

concentration in Spanish

Spanish and Portuguese Studies Departmental Courses


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