Ph.D. in Spanish


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Program Description

The Ph.D program in Spanish has a dissertation-oriented design based on the principle that a doctorate is not the fulfillment of a series of requirements but the successful writing and defense of a relevant dissertation that contributes to the area of study and that places the candidate in the field and the academic job market.

Students will take a set of focused seminars during the first two years of residence at ND and will start working on a dissertation by the fifth semester if not before.

Requirements: At least sixty (60) credit hours, or a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond a previously awarded master’s degree, are required for the Ph.D. These credit hours are earned through a combination of coursework and research. The minimum residency requirement for the degree is full-time status for four consecutive semesters.

Spanish Ph.D Graduate Handbook

Spanish Ph.D Handbook 2019/20


Highlights of our program:

  • A near 1:1 student-faculty ratio with a superb research faculty.
  • A full, five-year funding package for every Ph.D. student, and two years for MA students. Graduate students admitted with teaching fellowships are granted tuition remission and a stipend. Fellowships include health benefits and additional funding for research and conference travel. The university offers topping-up awards to the most highly qualified students.
  • Exemption from teaching duties in the first year of study (for all students accepted in the Ph.D. program) and in the fifth years of study (contingent of their satisfactory advance towards their degree).
  • A standard teaching load of one course per semester.
  • A flexible curriculum tailored to each student's interests and background.
  • Opportunities for interdisciplinary work. The Department has close ties with a number of other units such as Anthropology, English, History, Political Science and Theology, as well as with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Institute for Latino Studies, the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies, the Medieval Institute, etc. Our students work mainly on Spanish and Latin American literatures and cultures in order to achieve the necessary expertise in their chosen field. However, they will have ample opportunities for interdisciplinary work – including options for a secondary area of concentration – to complement their areas of specialization with several seminars in allied fields, such as history, gender studies, film studies, cultural anthropology, among others.
  • Especially for Ph.D. students, the program will either provide directly or facilitate the acquisition of grants, fellowships, or other forms of funding through various agencies to support advanced students in a research-oriented summer, semester, or year abroad.
  • Generous conference-travel funding from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the Graduate School, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, to name some of the funding sources at the University.
  • A comprehensive system of mentoring and advising from the first day through the search for academic employment.
  • A faculty that takes extreme pride in their efforts to create both a rigorous and a nurturing educational experience for their graduate students.
  • Guest speakers, conferences, colloquia, and film series, among a manifold of cultural events offered by the University.