Requirements

Ph.D. Requirements

Basic degree requirements

  • 10 seminars (30 credits) in Spanish Section of the RL&L department.
  • 1 seminar (3 credits) Introduction to Critical Theory.
  • 1 course (3 credits) and practicum in Teaching Methods.
  • 3 seminars in other fields or directed independent study.
    • [NB: For advanced students and those arriving with an MA, the above course load may be reduced, decided by petition on a case-by-case basis.]
  • 15 dissertation credits (writing the dissertation).
  • Comprehensive Exam (after the first year).
  • Defense of the dissertation proposal (by the fifth semester or earlier).
  • Defense of the doctoral dissertation (by the end of the tenth semester or earlier).

 

M.A. Requirements

The M.A. in Spanish requires

  • completing 39 credit hours of coursework and exam preparation spread over two years; 
  • performing teaching duties in the Spanish language program during each of the four semesters of enrollment;
  • successfully passing a two-part comprehensive examination on topics of special focus.

Sample Curriculum 

The following is an example course of study for an M.A. student at Notre Dame.

First Year

Fall Semester
  • Introduction to Critical Theory.
  • Methods: Second-language Acquisition.
  • Teaching practicum.
  • Seminar in literary and cultural studies (see future courses listed on the site).
Spring Semester
  • 3 Seminars in literary and cultural studies (see future courses listed on the site).
Summer

Write the M.A. exam.

Second Year

Fall Semester
  • 3 Seminars in literary and cultural studies (see future courses listed on the site).
Spring Semester
  • 2 Seminars in literary and cultural studies (see future courses listed on the site).
  • M.A. exam defense.