Areas of Study
The mission of the doctoral program of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese is to educate and train graduate students to develop new knowledge about the languages, literatures and cultures of the Latin American and Iberian regions, their related diasporas, and their Indigenous, African, and Afro-descendant cultures. Our graduates will acquire the competence to engage in critical discussions of major trends in their field of study, and to apply this knowledge in meaningful endeavors. To help our graduates achieve their goals, our program introduces students to a diverse body of theoretical approaches and methodological procedures that are instrumental to their respective disciplines.
Areas of Study
Graduate work in Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures is offered in three tracks: Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Luso-Brazilian Cultural and Media Studies, and Iberian and Latin American Linguistics.
Admission and Degree Requirements
Master of Arts
While the department has no Master of Arts program, the MA degree is available to students enrolled in the PhD degree program in Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures who wish to complete a Master's degree on the way to the doctorate, and those who are allowed by the Graduate Studies Committee to elect to receive terminal master's degrees, after having successfully submitted and defended a Doctoral Qualifying Paper (see below). If the Doctoral Qualifying Paper is deemed unacceptable, the student may still petition to receive a Master of Arts degree, requesting that the Doctoral Qualifying Paper be used as the basis for satisfying the Master's Report requirement. Students who are approved to complete the Master of Arts degree requirements must register for ILA 398R during the semester of their graduation.
Doctor of Philosophy
The doctoral program in Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures includes three areas of study, or tracks, which share the same five-year structure. These tracks are: 1) Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures, 2) Luso-Brazilian Cultural and Media Studies and, 3) Iberian and Latin American Linguistics.
Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures
The Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures track addresses the broad range of linguistic and cultural contacts that currently comprise our field. This track allows students to complete their primary coursework in Spanish, with a focus that may include the multiple languages and cultures of Latin America (including the US), Spain, the Caribbean, Africa or Asia, or related diasporas. Students will then choose a specialization in the literature and culture of a second language relevant to their research. This could be Portuguese, Nahuatl, a Mayan language, French, Arabic, Hebrew, Yiddish, Yoruba, a Creole language, etc.Learn More
Luso-Brazilian Cultural and Media Studies
The Luso-Brazilian Cultural and Media Studies track, is designed for students who wish to acquire the cultural capital and critical thinking skills crucial to a global understanding of Brazil, Portugal, and the Portuguese-speaking populations of Africa and Asia. While also addressing a range of media and cultural contacts, this option allows students to complete their primary coursework in Luso-Brazilian literature, film and culture, choosing either Spanish or another relevant language as the basis of a secondary research focus. This track is designed to bridge the traditional divide between Brazil, the Americas and the Lusophone world.Learn More
Iberian and Latin American Linguistics
In the third track, Iberian and Latin American Linguistics, students pursue coursework in areas that bridge theoretical and applied approaches in the study of the structural and meaning-bearing properties of standardized and local languages, the sociolinguistics of the Ibero-American world, the development of second languages in natural and academic settings, and the qualitative and quantitative analysis of speech samples collected in the field and in the laboratory. This training is supported and augmented by coursework in the core linguistic areas of phonology and syntax as well as in the research methods of phonetics, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, psycholinguistics, and anthropological linguistics through the offerings in graduate programs in this and allied departments, including Linguistics, French and Italian, Curriculum and Instruction, Psychology, Communication, Anthropology, and Latin American Studies.Learn More