MA & PhD -- Spanish Literatures

M. A.

The goal of the M.A. is to provide graduate students with rigorous training in all main areas of Spanish Literatures and Cultures, as well as a working knowledge of Brazilian/Lusophone literatures and cultures. It requires coursework in both Latin American and Spanish peninsular literary and cultural production in each of the general chronological periods. In their fourth semester of the program, students must turn in an MA research paper.

Course List
SPAN 572 Theory and Literary Criticism (or equivalent to ensure basic preparation) 4
To ensure broad knowledge of the field of Spanish-language literatures and cultures, choose one course from each of groups 1-5 below: 20
         Group I: Pre-18th Century Peninsular
         Group 2: Colonial Spanish American (Pre-Columbian to 1810)
        Group 3: Modern and Contemporary Spanish American
        Group 4: Modern and Contemporary Peninsular
        Group 5: Luso-Brazilian Studies
Two 500-level courses chosen in consultation with the advisor 8
Total Hours 32

In addition, SPAN 571, "Proseminar in Foreign Language Teaching," is required of all new graduate students holding a teaching assistantship.



For students entering with an M.A., the Ph.D. degree requires at least 64 hours of graduate credit, of which at least 32 hours must be in formal coursework (i.e., 400- and 500- level courses) taken in residence on this campus. SPAN 571, "Proseminar in Foreign Language Teaching," is required of all new graduate students. Students must demonstrate reading proficiency in TWO languages in addition to English and the language of specialization. Students may opt to substitute one language with three courses, successfully completed with a grade of B or better, constituting an additional “outside field.”

After completing coursework requirements, students must take two take-home preliminary exams, one exam focused on the dissertation topic and the theoretical readings to be used in the dissertation and one exam on a related field. Students have one week to turn in their responses. After passing the exams, students must defend their dissertation proposal orally.

Typical PhD Timeline




Year 1



Year 2



Year 3

Preliminary Exam




Proposal defense

Dissertation writing

Year 4

Dissertation writing

Prepare for the job market

Dissertation defense

For the student entering the program with the appropriate M.A. level coursework completed, the following represents a typical timeline for completion of the Ph.D. (For those entering with a MA from other institution and who were required to complete extra course-work, a first year of preliminary coursework may be added to the timeline.)