Requirements for PhD, All students starting fall semester 2015
15 courses taken in the department including Introduction to Graduate Studies in Spanish (Spanish 503) and Seminar in Teaching of Romance Languages (Spanish 501), according to the following schedule: please click here.
- All students take the Comprehensive Exam at the end of fifth semester (November)
- Students will choose areas and faculty advisor by November 15th of their second year.
- Students will finalize the lists for their exam at the end of Year 2. The lists emerge from a consultation process with the student’s advisor and two other faculty members.
- Competence (adequate knowledge and preparation) to complete a dissertation
- Ability to construct a coherent argument highlighting the student’s own critical voice
- Ability to identify and engage with major critical debates in the field
- Ability to define a corpus of appropriate secondary literature for the student’s field
- Period: Medieval Literature, Early Modern, Colonial, 18th and 19th century, 20th and 21st century.
- Area: the Caribbean, Southern Cone, Peninsular, Transatlantic, etc. This section can also include historiographic and archival sources.
- Critical and Theoretical Sources: The list should be divided into critical sources specific to the student’s field and theoretical sources.
Format of the exam:
Students will receive the questions for the Period and Area exams via email and have 24 hours to return their answers via email to the Director of Graduate Studies.
- M: Period (Students answer 3 out of 5 questions)
- W: Area (Students answer 2 out of 4 questions)
Students may answer in the language they prefer, though they must answer at least one question each day in the other language.
- F: Critical and Theoretical Sources
A month prior to the exam students hand in 3 possible questions, based on their lists, to their advisor. The advisor will adjust the questions in consultation with the other two faculty members on the exam committee. Students receive their 3 questions on Friday at 9:00 am and will hand in answers on Monday at 9:00 am. Students answer 2 out of 3 questions. The exam will be written in the language of the dissertation.
All students will take an hour-long oral exam. The student’s advisor and the other two faculty members will serve on the committee for the oral exam. The oral exam will be conducted in the language of the dissertation.
Option A. Reading knowledge of two languages other than Spanish or English, and which pertains to the proposed area of research for the dissertation. To demonstrate competence, the student may take either the ETS examination administered through the Graduate School office with a score of 650 or better, or an examination prepared by the department which would be two hours in length: one hour of translation without a dictionary from a book approved by the examiner and previously read by the student, and one hour with a dictionary of an unfamiliar passage of some 800 words in length.
Option B. A competence in one language other than Spanish or English which must be demonstrated by taking two 400-level literature courses in that language.
Note: Specialists in Latin America must use Portuguese as one of the two languages in Option A, Specialists in Medieval or Golden Age must use Latin as one of the two languages.
Language requirement should be met before the Prospectus Defense.
In the sixth semester (seventh for certificate students) students who received a pass on their comprehensive exams will submit an extended ca. 40 pp prospectus, including the bibliography. The dissertation prospectus should follow the most recent MLA Style guidelines. The student must prepare the dissertation prospectus with the help of the principal adviser, and other advisers. The committee members must receive the prospectus four weeks before the date of the prospectus defense. The dissertation prospectus should contain the following elements:
- Statement of Thesis & Rationale for selecting Topic, Period, and Corpus.
- Statement of Significance and Impact (also with regards to field and historical period)
- Critical overview; State of the Discussion of this Topic
- Expected Contribution of this Dissertation
- Outline of Theoretical Framework and Methodology
- Chapter Outline
- Preliminary Bibliography
- Timetable for Completion
The student will then defend the prospectus before a committee of our faculty members in a ninety-minute oral exam. The faculty members will include the thesis director, two members of the thesis committee, and the director of graduate studies. Should there be overlap between the DGS and the thesis committee, another faculty member will participate to maintain the committee of four. Prospectus defense will be in the language of the dissertation.
The student has a dissertation committee to be determined by mutual agreement consisting of a professor in charge and two other members. The following steps must be completed:
The dissertation proposal to the department needs to be signed by the three faculty members in the student's dissertation committee;
The dissertation is submitted to the advisor chapter by chapter;
Once approved by the advisor, chapters should be submitted to two other members of the committee.
As soon as the dissertation begins to take shape, the student must file a "Scope of Dissertation" with the Graduate School office (no later than six months before the granting of the degree). When a near-final draft of the dissertation has been approved by the three members of the committee, the student must carefully prepare the typescript according to the rules of the Graduate School (a copy of which can be obtained in the Graduate School office). The department usually recommends following the MLA Style Sheet for footnotes and bibliography. The student will prepare a curriculum vitae and an abstract of the dissertation, which must be turned in to the Graduate School two weeks before the defense. There is no time limit on the defense, but it usually lasts no more than two hours. The committee often requests corrections before the dissertation is finally turned in.
Please click here for a link to GSAS Forms page, where you can access the Dissertation and Thesis Template.
For a timeline of the Ph.D. Program in Spanish for current students, please click here.
Updated February 29, 2016