The Department of Hispanic Studies offers the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Graduate Record Examination scores are required for admission. Foreign students must pass the TOEFL with the minimum required score. Supervised teaching experience within the department is a requirement for both the master's and doctoral degrees.
A B.A. in Hispanic Studies or another area of literature, culture or philosophy, plus demonstrated fluency in Spanish. Excellent letters of reference and a research undergraduate essay.
Standard Graduate School requirements; reading knowledge of a second foreign language; successful completion of SPI 553 (Pedagogy and the Teaching of Spanish)), SPI 600 (History of the Spanish Language) and SPI 606 (Introduction to Critical Theory). Successful completion of an additional 30 hours of credits of which 6 might be taken at the 500 level (24 credits must be taken at the 600 level or above). The M.A. is granted to a student who: A) has successfully passed a written and oral examination after completing the required coursework. The exam is designed to test the candidate's knowledge of the the M.A. reading list and the candidate's composite course work. A student who plans to complete only the MA degree (or is not admitted into the PhD program) has three years to complete their work towards the MA (including the exam).
NOTE: Students who are admitted into the PhD program during the fourth semester of coursework do not need to take an MA exam after their second year . The MA degree will be conferred to them upon completion of Part A of the doctoral Qualifying exam.
Students who enter the program with an MA from another institution will be reviewed by the graduate committee at the end of the second semester. If the committee deems the student's work acceptable, the student may then go on to complete the PhD requirement. If the work is deemed unacceptable, the student will be asked to take the MA exam (and pass it) before proceeding on to the PhD.
In addition to the Graduate School requirements for admission listed elsewhere in this Bulletin, presentation of an acceptable writing sample, excellent letters of reference and a statement of purpose (with an indication of student's interest in particular dissertation topics.
Standard Graduate School requirements. 54 credit hours (18 courses) of which three are required: successful completion of SPI 553 (Pedagogy and the Teaching of Spanish)), SPI 600 (History of the Spanish Language) and SPI 606 (Introduction to Critical Theory). Of the remaining 15 courses , 5 must be in the major field of concentration (and at least two must be at the 700 level). 4 courses must be in the minor fields, and 2 in an allied field (outside the department). Additionally, the student must demonstrate reading knowledge of two languages other than Spanish and English. The successful candidate will defend a dissertation prospectus, successfully complete Parts A and B of the Qualifying exam, and defend an acceptable dissertation.
Candidates are expected to devise a program of studies and research around the major area of specialization. Two minor areas (in Hispanic literature and culture) and one allied field (related to the dissertation work) must be selected as support divisions for the major area. Students coming in with an MA in Hispanic Literature may transfer up to nine credits of coursework, with the approval of the Graduate committee and the DGS. Minimum graduate credit expectations are 24 credit hours in the combined Major and Minor areas and 15 credit hours in the Allied Fields; 6 graduate credits in Hispanic Linguistics and in each of the two remaining areas not chosen as Major, Minor, or Allied Fields. Two seminars (one in the major field) are required.
Specialization by area: 1) Medieval Spanish Literature; 2) Renaissance and Golden Age Spanish Literature; 3) Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Spanish Literature; 4) Twentieth Century Spanish Literature; 5) Colonial and Nineteenth Century Spanish American Literature; 6) Twentieth Century Spanish American Literature. The area of dissertation may combine Hispanic literature and film, Hispanic literature and Fine Arts, Hispanic literature with a second literature, literature and popular culture, or literature and theory. Students are encouraged to explore topics in Transatlantic Studies, and to make use of the excellent programs in Social Theory, Women's Studies, Latin American Studies, Environmental Studies and Appalachian Studies in considering transdiciplanary possibilities for their doctoral thesis.
The qualifying examination consists of two parts. Part A is a twelve hour written exam and a two hour oral exam based largely on the reading list and the prospectus the student has submitted to his dissertation committee. The written exam is subdivided as follows: a three-hour exam in the area of the dissertation, and an additional nine hours to test the student's knowledge in his/her area of general specialization, and the additional three areas (two allied fields and one minor field) on which the student has chosen to concentrate. In order to take this exam, the student needs to have submitted a written prospectus and a reading list to the dissertation committee at least two months before scheduling the exam.
Part B of the qualifying examination will take place during the semester following Part A. The student will present either a fully written introduction or a sample dissertation chapter to his/her dissertation committee.
Acceptable Progress towards the Dissertation: The ABD will then need to establish an acceptable timeline for completing the dissertation. The Department suggests that the student complete at least one dissertation chapter per semester until the dissertation is completed. It is hoped that the student will finish his or her dissertation within two years after the qualifying exams.
SPA 438G LITERATURE OF SOCIAL PROTEST IN SPANISH AMERICA (3)
SPA 501 SPANISH PHONETICS, PRONUNCIATION AND PHONEMICS (3)
SPA 506 INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE SPANISH, PORTUGUESE, AND ITALIAN LINGUISTICS (3)
SPA 553 TEACHING OF SPANISH (3)
SPA 600 HISTORY OF THE SPANISH LANGUAGE (3)
SPA 601 STUDIES IN SPANISHPEDAQOGY ( SUBTITLE REQUIRED ) (1)
SPA 602 STUDIES IN SPANISH LINGUISTICS: ( SUBTITLE REQUIRED ) (3)
SPA 606 INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL THEORY AND CULTURE STUDIES (3)
SPA 607SPECIALTOPICS IN CRITICAL THEORY AND CULTURAL STUDIES: ( SUBTITLE REQUIRED ) (1)
SPA 608 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 609 SPECIAL TOPICS IN LATIN AMERICAN AND U.S. HISPANIC LITERATURE AND CULTURE: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 610 STUDIES IN MEDIEVAL SPANISH LITERATURE: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 620 STUDIES IN EARLY MODERN AND BAROQUE SPANISH LITERATURE (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 630 STUDIES IN 18TH AND 19TH CENTURY SPANISH LITERATURE: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 640 STUDIES IN 20TH AND 21 STCENTURY SPANISH LITERATURE: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 650 STUDIES IN COLONIAL LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 660 STUDIES IN 19TH CENTURY LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 680 STUDIES IN 20TH CENTURY LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE 1900.1950'S: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 681 STUDIES IN CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE 1960'S TO PRESENT: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 685 STUDIES IN U.S. HISPANIC LITERATURE AND CULTURE: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 690 STUDIES IN SPANISH AND/OR LATIN AMERICAN FILM: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 706 ADVANCED READINGS IN CRITICAL THEORY AND CULTURAL STUDIES: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 708 CRITICALPERSPECTIVESON SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 709 CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON LATIN AMERICAN AND U.S. HISPANIC LITERATURE AND CULTURE (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 710 SEMINAR IN MEDIEVAL SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 720 SEMINAR IN EARLY MODERN AND BAROQUE SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 730 SEMINAR IN 18TH AND 19TH CENTURY SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 740 SEMINAR 20-21ST CENTURY SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)
SPA 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)
SPA 750 SEMINAR IN COLONIAL LATINAMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 760 SEMINAR IN I9TH CENTURY LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)
SPA 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)
SPA 780 SEMINAR IN 20TH CENTURY LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CU LTURE 1900-1950'S: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 781 SEMINAR IN CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE 1960'S TO PRESENT: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SPA 782 SPECIAL STUDIES IN SPANISH (1-3)
SPA 785 SEMINAR IN U.S. HISPANIC AND/OR LITERATURE AND CULTURE: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)