Graduate Degree

Hispanic Cultural Studies - Doctor of Philosophy

Hispanic Cultural Studies - Doctor of Philosophy
Plan Code:
Program Level:
Award Type:
Doctor of Philosophy
College of Arts and Letters
Romance and Classical Studies

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Romance and Classical Studies

Graduate Study
Hispanic Cultural Studies - Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Hispanic Cultural Studies provides study in the literature, language and cultures of Spain and Latin America.  Students will select a primary and a secondary area of emphasis.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Arts and Letters, students must meet the requirements specified below.


To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy in Hispanic Cultural Studies with regular status, all applicants must:

  1. Possess a master’s degree in Spanish or Hispanic Studies or a total of 30 credit hours of satisfactorily approved course work.
  2. A grade-point average of at least 3.25 in undergraduate Spanish language, literature and culture M.A. course work.
  3. Submit letters of recommendation from three professionals who are familiar with their work and qualified to assess applicant’s ability to pursue advanced graduate study.
  4. Demonstrate English language proficiency.
  5. Submit all application materials as required by the Graduate School's Office of Admissions.

Guidance Committee

Of the four regular faculty required for the guidance committee, at least three must be members of the Spanish faculty.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Hispanic Cultural Studies

  1. The student must complete 24 credits of graduate course work beyond the Master of Arts degree as approved by the student's guidance committee.
  2. The following course:
    SPN    807    Literary Theory        3
    An approved equivalent of this course may be approved by the graduate advisor.
  3. Demonstrate reading proficiency in two languages other than Spanish that have a body of literature or criticism relevant to the student’s area of specialization.
  4. Teach at least one college-level course in Spanish and submit a detailed prospectus of the final dissertation project and a preliminary bibliography to the guidance committee.
  5. Pass comprehensive examinations.
  6. Submit a dissertation based on original research.
  7. Successfully defend the dissertation.