Spanish and Portuguese Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

Master's

The department does not admit students for the MA degree, but will award the MA to a PhD candidate if deemed in the student’s best interest.

Terminal M.A.

In some cases, students may be advised by the end of winter quarter of their second year that they should complete a terminal M.A. rather than continue on to the Ph.D. degree. The requirements must be completed by the end of the second year. They are:

  • Language proficiency in Portuguese and Spanish
  • Minimum of 12 credits including at least 3 courses at the 400 level or above
  • A 20-30 page paper to be evaluated by the Graduate Studies Committee
  • Funding ends immediately upon recommendation for the terminal M.A. The master’s thesis must be completed by the end of the spring quarter with a minimum of 3.0 GPA.

PhD

Course Work and Academics Teaching
Year One
Summer Language Training Advised
Fall:
  • Two SPANPORT course
  • One elective
  • Second language diagnostic exam
Fellowship
Winter:
  • Two SPANPORT course
  • One elective
  • Second language training, if applicable
Fellowship
Spring:
  • Two SPANPORT courses
  • One elective
  • second language training, if applicable
  • English language exam, if applicable
Fellowship
Summer: Study/research abroad  
Year Two 
Fall:
  • Two SPANPORT course
  • One elective
  • Coursework or independent study
Apprentice year

Mini-lesson plan or Teaching assistantship
Winter:
  • Two SPANPORT course
  • One elective
  • Course work or independent study
Apprentice year

Mini-lesson plan or Teaching assistantship
Spring:
  • Two SPANPORT course
  • Proposal and Ph.D. reading lists due by June 15
Apprentice year

Mini-lesson plan or Teaching assistantship
Year three

October 15th:
QUALIFYING EXAM

December 1st:
Prospectus due to committee, including rationale for reading list
Research

Language courses Searle Center Teaching Certificate
Year Four
Writing Literature courses, normally
Year Five
Dissertation defense Fellowship year