Basic Program Requirements

The requirements set out below for the Ph.D. in Romance Studies are minimum requirements. The Graduate Studies Committee, Director of Graduate Studies, and individual advisors may set additional requirements.

  1. The requirements:
    1. for students entering on the “five - year plan” (with a B.A. or M.A., see below), passing satisfactorily a minimum of 45 graded credit hours in approved courses;
    2. for students entering on the “four - year plan” (with an M.A. in a closely related field, see below) passing satisfactorily a minimum of 36 graded credit hours in approved courses;
  2. Passing MLL 611, MLL 601, and a minimum of three graded credit hours in each of the following areas:
    Middle Ages and/or 16th Century
    17th and/or 18th Century
    19th and/or 20 - 21st Century
    Francophone Studies
    Middle Ages and/or Golden Age
    18th-19th-Century Spain and/or 20 - 21 st Century Spain
    Colonial Latin America
    19th-Century Latin America
    20th/21st -Century Latin America
    For students whose focus is on critical sociolinguistics, a minimum of nine graded credit hours in courses focused on  language analysis, and nine graded credit hours from any of the areas of literary/cultural studies indicated above, all chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor (18 credit hours total).
    Note: Ordinarily, students will take at least two graduate courses in the MLL department each semester.
  3. In addition to proficiency in English and the major language of study, demonstrating the following:
    1. reading knowledge of two other languages, or
    2. holistic knowledge of one other language (for example, by passing the equivalent of a course at the 300-level);
      Note: Appropriate languages of study will be determined in collaboration with the student’s advisors (e.g. students of  Latin America may be encouraged to study Portuguese or an indigenous language; students focusing on early modern Spanish or French studies may be encouraged to study Italian; students working in the French-speaking Caribbean many need to take Haitian Kreyòl; etc.);
    3. if areas of specialization include Medieval Early Modern or Colonial Latin America Studies,  students must demonstrate reading knowledge of Latin.
  4. Passing a Breadth Exam. Depending on the student’s interests, the exam shall consist of three parts, according to one of the following configurations:
    1. one geographic region over three time periods;
    2. two geographic regions over two or three time periods;
    3. two geographic regions over one or two time periods and one area of critical sociolinguistics;
    4. two areas of critical sociolinguistics and one geographic region over one time period.
  5. Passing a Qualifying Exam on an approved topic. The exam includes three general approaches that focus on:

    1. Literature or sociolinguistics;
    2. Theory;
    3. A cognate discipline (e.g. history, sociology, philosophy, art, film, etc.). 
  6. Successfully defending a dissertation prospectus.

  7. Completing and defending satisfactorily a dissertation. 
  8.  Satisfying the requirements of the Graduate School as stated in the Graduate Bulletin.