Requirements

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Program Requirements

a. Overview:

The PhD program in Spanish has a dissertation-oriented design. We expect students to finish their dissertation and graduate in 5 years.

At least sixty (60) credit hours, or a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond a previously awarded master’s degree, are required for the PhD. These credit hours are earned through a combination of coursework and/or research.

The minimum residency requirement for the PhD degree is full-time status for four consecutive semesters.

The PhD in Spanish requires 45 credit hours of graduate coursework,(These 45 credits do not include credits received for dissertation writing] the fulfillment of a foreign-language requirement other than Spanish, a successful comprehensive exam (3 credit hours), the candidacy examination and the defense of the dissertation proposal, and the successful defense of a doctoral dissertation. Also, students must take an advanced theory seminar and a class on teaching methodology for 3 credit hours each (counted in the aforementioned 45 credits).

b. Coursework:

45 credit hours (15 seminars) of graduate coursework. At least 30 credits (10 seminars) should come from Spanish and/or Spanish American literature, 6 credits from two required courses (advanced theory and teaching methodology), and another 6 to 9 from a second area of specialization in a related field (preapproved or tailored). One or two of these 15 seminars can be taken as “shadowing” courses (See Section 8b.). Three credits from the 30 devoted to Spanish and/or Spanish American literature can be obtained through the independent study needed to prepare for the written part of the Comprehensive Exam.

Students must take at least 9 credit hours per semester in order to maintain full-time status. Most students will finish their coursework by the end of their fourth semester. Students must finish, without exception, all coursework by the end of their 5th semester.

i. General Requirements: 6 credits: Advanced Theory and Teaching Methods

ii. Area Requirements: 30 credits in Spanish (10 courses including the Independent Study for the Comprehensive Exam as well as Shadowing Courses).

iii. Interdisciplinary or comparative component: 6-9 credits in a second area of specialization (2 to 3 seminars). In case of a 6-credit second area, the three remaining credits will be elective.[2]

TOTAL: 15 courses

For a detailed semester-by-semester breakdown of the PhD in Spanish which includes requirements, deadlines, etc., see “Breakdown of PhD in Spanish by Semester.”

Breakdown of PhD in Spanish by Semester

 1. Students that come to the PhD with a BA (not our preferred recruitment target)

Transfer of credits: Students coming to the PhD with a BA only will not be transferring any credits and will therefore be taking the full number of required credits. They will be able to complete their coursework and their candidacy and dissertation proposal exam by the end of their fifth semester, giving them 2 ½ years to complete research and writing of the dissertation.

Students who do not pass their candidacy and dissertation proposal exam may receive the MA as a terminal degree in the fifth semester.

A sample plan of study for a student entering with a BA follows.

Year 1

Semester 1: 4 courses (12 credits), no teaching

Introduction to theory and research in Hispanic literatures and cultures

Seminar in Hispanic Studies

Seminar in Hispanic studies

Seminar in Hispanic studies

 

Semester 2: 3 courses (9 credits), no teaching

Seminar in Hispanic studies

Seminar in Hispanic studies

Seminar in secondary area

 

Summer 1: Preparation for Comprehensive exam (3 credits)

Independent study in preparation for the Comprehensive Exam

Student completes written part of Comprehensive Exam

 

Year 2

Semester 3: 3 courses (9 credits), teaching (one course)

Foreign Language Acquisition and Instruction (and the 0-credit teaching practicum)

Seminar in Hispanic studies

Seminar in secondary area

Student completes oral part of Comprehensive Exam

 

Semester 4: 3 courses (9 credits), teaching (one course)

Teaching practicum (no credits)

Seminar in Hispanic Studies

Seminar in Hispanic Studies

Seminar in secondary area (or elective Hispanic Studies seminar)

 

Summer 2: no coursework, no teaching

Dissertation proposal research and preparation

 

Year 3

Semester 5: 1 course (3 credits), teaching (one course)

Seminar in Hispanic studies

              Candidacy exam and dissertation proposal defense or terminal MA

 

Semester 6: no coursework, teaching (one course)

Dissertation research/writing

 

Summer 3: Dissertation research and writing

Year 4

Semester 7: no coursework, teaching (one course)

Dissertation research/writing

 

Semester 8: no coursework, teaching (one course)

Dissertation research/writing

Minimum progress: 2 dissertation chapters written

 

Summer 4: Writing dissertation

Year 5

Semester 9: no coursework, no teaching

Research goal: Submit one article for publication

Dissertation research/writing

 

Semester 10: no coursework, no teaching.

Dissertation writing

 

Year 6

 

Beginning of the Fall: Dissertation defense

 

2. Students that come with an MA from a different institution

Transfer of credits: Students that come with an MA from an institution other than ND can transfer up to 9 graduate credits toward the PhD in Spanish. They will complete their coursework by the end of their fourth semester and their candidacy and dissertation proposal exam at the beginning of their fifth semester, giving them roughly three years to complete their dissertation.

Note: Students from Europe or Latin America who come with a “licenciatura” (a five-year BA that can at times be equivalent to a BA plus MA from an American institution) may also receive up to 9 credits upon review of their relevant coursework by the DGS.

A sample plan of study for a student entering with a Master’s degree from another institution follows.

Year 1

Semester 1: 4 courses (12 credits), no teaching

Introduction to theory and research in Hispanic literatures and cultures

Seminar in Hispanic Studies

Seminar in Hispanic studies

Seminar in Hispanic studies

 

Semester 2: 3 courses (9 credits), no teaching

Seminar in Hispanic studies

Seminar in Hispanic studies

Seminar in secondary area

 

Summer 1: Preparation for Comprehensive exam (3 credits)

Independent study in preparation for the Comprehensive Exam

Student completes written part of Comprehensive Exam

 

Year 2

Semester 3: 3 courses (9 credits), teaching (one course)

Foreign Language Acquisition and Instruction (and the 0-credit teaching practicum)

Seminar in Hispanic studies

Seminar in secondary area

Student completes oral part of Comprehensive Exam

 

Semester 4: 1 course (3 credits), teaching (one course)

Teaching practicum (no credits)

Seminar in Hispanic Studies

Dissertation proposal research and preparation

 

Summer 2: no coursework, no teaching

Dissertation proposal research and preparation

Year 3

Semester 5: no coursework, teaching (one course)

Student completes candidacy exam and dissertation proposal defense or terminal MA

 

Semester 6: no coursework, teaching (one course)

Dissertation research/writing

Research goal: Submit one article for publication

 

Summer 3: Dissertation research/writing

Year 4

Semester 7: no coursework, teaching (one course)

Dissertation research/writing

 

Semester 8: no coursework, teaching (one course)

Dissertation research/writing

Minimum progress: 2 dissertation chapters written.

 

Summer 4: Dissertation research/writing

 

 

Year 5

Semester 9: no coursework, no teaching

Research goal: Submit a second article for publication

Dissertation research/writing

 

Semester 10: no coursework, no teaching.

Dissertation defense

 

 

 

 

3. Students that come with an MA from ND

Transfer of credits: Students that come with an MA from ND will receive up to 15 credits (12 credits for seminars in Hispanic studies and 3 credits for the pedagogy seminar) upon entering the PhD in Spanish. They will be exempted from the required pedagogy course, which they will have taken during their MA studies. They will be able to complete their required coursework by the end of the third semester and complete their candidacy and dissertation proposal exam by the end of the fourth semester. This will give them three years to complete the dissertation.

A sample plan of study for an ND student entering with an MA follows.

Year 1

Semester 1: 4 courses (12 credits), no teaching

Advanced theory (or Hispanic seminar with heavy theory component)

Seminar in Hispanic Studies

Seminar in Hispanic Studies

Seminar in Hispanic Studies

 

Semester 2: 3 courses (9 credits), no teaching

Seminar in Hispanic Studies

Seminar in Hispanic Studies

1 secondary area seminar

 

Summer 1: 1 course (3 credits), no teaching

1 Independent Study in Hispanic Studies for Comprehensive Exam

Student completes written part of Comprehensive Exam

 

Year 2

Semester 3: 2 courses (6 credits), teaching (one course)

Seminar in Hispanic Studies

1 secondary area seminar

Student completes oral part of Comprehensive Exam

 

Semester 4: no coursework, teaching (one course)

Dissertation proposal research and preparation

Candidacy exam and dissertation proposal defense

 

Summer 2: no coursework, no teaching

Dissertation research/writing

 

Year 3

Semester 5: no coursework, teaching (one course)

Dissertation research/writing

Research goal: submit one article for publication

 

Semester 6: no coursework, teaching (one course)

Dissertation research/writing

 

Summer 3: Writing one chapter of the dissertation

 

Years 4

Semester 7: no coursework, no teaching

Dissertation research/writing

Minimum progress: total of 2 dissertation chapters written

 

Semester 8: no coursework, no teaching

Dissertation research/writing

 

Summer 3: Research goal: Submit a second article for publication or writing a chapter of the dissertation

 

Year 5

Semester 9: no coursework, no teaching

Dissertation research/writing

 

Semester 10: no coursework, no teaching.

Dissertation defense

 

 

 

Note: In cases 1 and 2, a doctoral student may receive the master’s degree without taking the master’s examination on the recommendation of the program and completion of: (a) the coursework required by the program for the master’s degree, and (b) all written and oral parts of the doctoral candidacy or Ph.D. qualifying examination.