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Spanish, Ph.D.

College of Arts and Sciences

Study the literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world in our vibrant doctoral program, and develop as a confident scholar prepared to research, teach and publish.

Achieve linguistic competence comparable to a native Spanish speaker, and conduct original research in Spanish and Latin American literary and cultural studies. Work closely with interdisciplinary faculty members with special strengths in film, gender and cultural studies, literary history and theory, linguistics, pedagogy and comparative literature.

Program Highlights

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    An Expert Faculty

    Work with renowned scholars with varied interdisciplinary interests, and take part in exploring new ideas.

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    Supportive Environment

    Enjoy our active graduate student organization and numerous professional development activities.

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    Marketable Skills

    Practice presenting your work and gain experience through opportunities to participate in academic conferences.

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    Collaborative Approach

    Work with related fields like comparative literature, linguistics and English as a second language instruction.

What You’ll Study

Produce original research on the literature and cultures of Spain, Latin America and other Hispanic cultures around the world. Demonstrate fluency comparable to native speakers, both orally and in writing, through advanced stylistic, critical and theoretical discourse. Expand collaborative research and teaching venues with other disciplines.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Foreign Language Skills

    Communicating effectively to understand different cultures and foster global connections

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments


    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports

  • Research

    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Intercultural Competence

    Developing the skills to communicate effectively and work collaboratively across cultures

    Historical Understanding

    Studying past events, analyzing their context and comprehending their significance and impact

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Teacher
  • Researcher
  • Writer/Editor
  • Business Executive
  • Translator
  • Diplomat

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Government
  • Business
  • Nonprofits and NGOs

The Spanish program prepared me very well for my future. I was able to attend conferences, symposiums and training workshops. The faculty is outstanding in every sense and the classes are dynamic and stimulate critical thinking.

Francisco David Mesa Munoz
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