The applicant must hold, or anticipate completing by the time of admission, an M.A. degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or the equivalent degree from a university outside the U.S., have a minimum grade point average of 3.4 on a 4-point scale in the M.A. in Spanish, and meet the general requirements of the Graduate College.
Procedure for consideration:
Internal M.A. candidates
For admission to the Ph.D. program all internal M.A. candidates who wish to continue for the Ph.D. at the University of Arizona will be considered by the Graduate Studies Committee to ensure equitable treatment for all students. In their deliberations, the Graduate Studies Committee will give strong consideration to the report of the student's M.A examination committee, which specifically addresses the student's potential as a Ph.D. candidate. The Graduate Studies Committee will also consider the student's academic record (GPA, course work) and any pertinent information from the student's file. The student must also provide the following:
(1) Two letters of reference, at least one of which must be from a professor
who did not serve on the student's M.A. examination committee
This procedure will ensure that each student will be considered fully and fairly. Admittance into the program will not be solely dependent upon performance on an isolated examination. In addition, this process closely parallels that followed by all other incoming Ph.D. candidates. (approved by unanimous vote of the faculty 5/4/95)
(1) A diagnostic qualifying oral interview during the first semester
In addition, all Graduate Associates in Teaching (GATs) in Spanish and Portuguese are required to complete a language teaching methodology course (SPAN-581) before or during their first semester of classroom teaching. This course counts as one of the student’s electives for the Ph.D.
Qualifying Oral Interview
(1) Renaissance, and Golden Age Spanish literature
(2) Eighteenth through twenty-first century Spanish Literature
In addition, the student selects two secondary areas of study outside the primary field from the following areas of study:
(1) Thirteenth-century through eighteenth-century Spanish literature
At least 18 units must be taken in the primary field of study and 6 units in each of the two secondary areas of study. The remaining 18 units are electives. A student whose major field is in Spanish American literature must choose one secondary field in Spanish Peninsular literature and vice versa.
The question has arisen about whether or not a secondary area in Mexican/Mexican-American literature fulfills the requirement for an area in Spanish American Literature when a Ph.D. candidate's primary area and other secondary area are both in Peninsular literature. After careful deliberation, the Grad uate Studies Committee voted in favor of the following position (5 in favor, 3 abstentions): In the case outlined above, a secondary area limited to Mexican/Mexican-American Literature does not fulfill the requirement, students may count one course in Mexican/Mexican literature toward their secondary area in Spanish American Literature. (approved by unanimous vote of the faculty 5/4/95)
Foreign Language Requirement
(Approved: April 5, 2002)
It is a necessary academic requirement that all Ph.D. candidates in Hispanic Literature demonstrate "reading knowledge" of a natural language other than Spanish and English, preferably a Romance language (otherwise, a language that has a direct bearing on the candidate's research and/or studies). The level of proficiency expected is that of passing an advanced 300-level grammar and writing course with a grade of B or higher.
The candidate must meet this language requirement BEFORE--and as a condition towards--taking the written Comprehensive Exams.
The foreign language requirement may be met in one of the following ways:
1. For students who complete the requirement at the University of Arizona: Successful completion of course work to the advanced level in a language other than English or Spanish, with an average grade of B or higher. The course work must include a 300-level intermediate/advanced grammar course taught and examined in the target language (typically xxxx-325 or 305, depending on the department).*
2. For students with course work in a language other than English or Spanish from an accredited institution: The student will meet with the Graduate Advisor to determine whether or not the course work satisfies the foreign language requirement. The Graduate Advisor may require, at his/her discretion, that the student take additional course work and/or pass a proficiency exam in the language of choice. The format and content of the exam will be determined in conjunction with the Graduate Advisor and a qualified instructor of the chosen language.
3. Students who are native speakers of a language other than English and Spanish may have this requirement waived with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.
*Note: Students that enter the Ph.D. program in Hispanic Literature without any formal instruction in a language other than English or Spanish may complete the foreign language requirement in two semesters if they choose to study Portuguese. In this case, the student must complete the following courses with an average grade of B or higher:
PORT-305: Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
PORT-325: Intermediate Grammar and ConversationPORT-305 and PORT-325 reflect the minimum course work required to complete the foreign language requirement. An exam or term paper may NOT be used in lieu of one of these courses. However, the student may substitute a 400- or 500-level Portuguese course for PORT-325 with the permission of the Portuguese faculty and the Graduate Advisor.
Current Course Descriptions
Schedule of Classes
Housing Residence life
Tuition and Fees
Awards and Scholarships
Ruth Lee Kennedy Fellowship
Graduate Assistant in Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
Southern Arizona Language Fair
Language Teachers Symposium
Annual Graduate Student Symposium, Language, Literature and Culture
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