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The Ph.D. in Hispanic studies is a residential interdisciplinary program with three intertwined concentrations:

  • Visual cultures
  • Linguistics
  • Literature

You'll learn to analyze a diverse range of texts across a variety of media and genres. The program emphasizes the global connections and interdisciplinary dialogues of Hispanic cultural and linguistic production through advanced research and the analysis of literary and cultural texts from the Hispanic world and from in-depth comparative study of Spanish-speaking and bilingual cultural production.

Important features of the Ph.D. in Hispanic studies program include:

  • Close faculty-student interaction and collaboration
  • Mentoring and professional development
  • Five-year funding, with the strong possibility of funded summer teaching
  • Support for conference and research travel
  • Training and teaching experience in language, literature and culture
  • Dynamic associations with other departments and scholarly groups through certificate programs, classes and co-sponsored events

Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies Program Requirements

Faculty Expertise

You'll be trained by nationally- and internationally-known scholars. The Spanish and Hispanic studies graduate faculty have a wide range of research interests and use a variety of methods and theoretical frameworks. Several faculty members are accomplished creative writers. Our graduate faculty has expertise in:

  • Cultural studies
  • Digital humanities
  • Film and performance
  • Gender and diaspora studies
  • Hispanic literatures
  • Historical and comparative linguistics
  • History and presence of Spanish in the U.S.
  • Iconography
  • Language acquisition and pedagogy
  • Language variation and change
  • Photography
  • Post-hegemonic and infrapolitical thought
  • Sociolinguistics


The Ph.D. in Hispanic studies seeks to graduate bilingual scholars, teachers, thinkers and communicators who contribute to the public good, nationally and internationally. After completing your Ph.D. program, you can follow several paths of employment, including:

  • Academia
  • International business
  • Cultural affairs
  • Homeland security
  • Public administration
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Tourism and entertainment


You’ll need an undergraduate degree in Spanish or an equivalent competence in Spanish language and literature in order to successfully apply for this program.

Steps to Fulfill a Doctoral Program