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Hispanic Studies Graduate Programs

A Foundation for Success

Washington University offers one of the most comprehensive programs in Hispanic Studies in the United States, covering Iberian, Latin American, trans-Atlantic Hispanic literatures and cultures, and second language studies. Our faculty members pursue cutting-edge research and enjoy high visibility in the field. We are known, too, for our award-winning journal, the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, published here at Washington University. Our program offers a thorough and well-rounded education as well as meticulous professional preparation. Our students benefit from generous financial support (six years, with the first and last years on fellowship), plus opportunities for additional summer funding.

Why we're different

Our program offers a thorough and well-rounded education as well as meticulous professional preparation. Our students benefit from generous financial support (six years, with the first and last years on fellowship), plus opportunities for additional summer funding. Annual travel stipends allow our students to attend conferences and deliver papers. Our faculty members are committed mentors who work closely with students as they develop their own research agendas and hone their teaching skills. In addition to their coursework in Hispanic Studies, which includes a new series of Transdisciplinary Connections seminars, graduate students may earn one of a number of cross-disciplinary graduate certificates. Our students gain a wide range of teaching experience through an extensive mentored teaching program, and they have opportunities to engage in related professional experiences on and off campus.

Our Degree Programs

PhD in Hispanic Studies

We offer one of the most comprehensive programs in Hispanic Studies in the United States, covering Iberian, Latin American, trans-Atlantic Hispanic literatures and cultures, and second language studies

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PhD in Hispanic Studies & Second Language Studies

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Joint PhD in Hispanic Studies & Comparative Literature

Completing a doctorate in a joint program with Comparative Literature means gaining the expertise to think about literature across languages and cultures, geography, historical periods, and means of production and transmission. The joint programs require a focus on a "home" literature, in which the student normally duplicates the courses and other preparations expected of a doctoral candidate in that literature or program. It calls for 45 units of course work in Hispanic Studies & 12 units in Comparative Literature.

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Graduate Certificates

Our PhD students may pursue additional interdisciplinary study through a graduate certificate program.

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Supporting our Students

On the Profession

On the Profession is an ongoing workshop series that addresses a variety of topics such as dissertation design, publishing, how to approach the job market (including guidance for preparing materials, mock interviews, and practice job talks), as well as broader conversations about trends and contemporary questions shaping the profession. Goals of the workshops include helping students navigate the transition from graduate school to professional life after the PhD and, among others, engaging more general issues humanities scholars face today.

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Teaching Development Program

Our Teaching Development Program includes teaching orientation for students beginning the Mentored Teaching Experience, a one-semester course on contemporary Spanish language teaching, and six semesters of the Mentored Teaching Experience that allows students to work in both language teaching as well as focus on literary and culture studies.

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How to Apply

To be considered for admission to our doctoral program, you will need to submit your online application and all supporting materials by January 5 for Fall admission.

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Financial Support

Financial support includes six years of funding. In the first year, all new students receive fellowships exempting them from teaching duties. Students also receive fellowships (no teaching duties) for two semesters in their fifth and sixth (final) years in the program. Currently, all graduate students in the department receive a living stipend ($25,696 most recently) and a full tuition scholarship. Qualified candidates can also compete for multi-year graduate fellowships awarded by the Graduate School: the Olin Graduate Fellowship for Women and the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship.

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Among the better things that defined my experience at WU was the strong relationship that I developed with my professors and with fellow friends from my department and beyond. Other professors in the department were also key to my professional development constantly supported me in all the aspects related to my professional development, helping me with my writing but also in my teaching, application to externals grants, conferences, and my personal life. Everybody knows about the prestige of the institution and how good the faculty members are in their fields, but the mentorship and the friendship that I gained there is something that I am taking with me in this new stage as a faculty member.

―Javiera JaqueAssistant Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Colorado College