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The intent of the Spanish and Spanish-American Literature, Language and Cultures Ph.D. program at Arizona State University is to be as flexible as possible. Recognizing the many demands put upon the scholar in the modern world and the wide variety of specialized interests, every attempt will be made to plan a program of study, with the supportive guidance of the student’s advisor that will best prepare the candidate for a productive career in the discipline of Hispanic studies. Thus, rather than specifying a general and rigid program of courses, broad areas of competence will be established, through an individualized program of study, that will be measured by the written and oral comprehensive examination administered at the end of formal course work and prior to the writing of the Ph.D. dissertation.
The Spanish Ph.D. program at Arizona State University is one of the few selected as a pilot program for the MLA/Mellon Project to Strengthen Career Preparation for PhDs in Languages and Literatures.
The program has four tracks that contribute to prepare students for the Academy of the XXIst Century. Moreover the traditional Peninsular and Latin American studies, the doctoral program includes four areas of study, or tracks:
The Visual Studies track explores the meanings and practices of looking across historical and literary periods of the PanHispanic culture. Within the Cultural Studies umbrella, Visual Studies include a variety of methods and approaches applied mainly to photography, film, television, performance, video, comics, and popular culture.
The Mexican American Studies track explores the Mexican American condition as displayed in literature, language, visual arts, and cultural practices. This new track serves to recognize the importance of the historical, political, and socioeconomic experiences of Mexican American citizens in the United States, particularly in the Southwest, and establishes cultural links to all US Latinos as well as to Latin America and Spain.
The Early-Modern Iberian Studies track focuses on the historical interconnections between the literatures and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, and explores Iberian global systems of exchange from the Middle Ages to modernity and post modernity. This new track challenges conventional divisions between genres, periods, and regions: its scope will cover transatlantic, Mediterranean, pan-European, and colonial texts, performances, visual artifacts, maps, buildings, and so on.
The Spanish Linguistics track offers advanced interdisciplinary graduate training that combines key areas in second language acquisition and teaching, applied linguistics, heritage language research and pedagogy, sociolinguistics and bilingualism. In addition to taking six core courses in Spanish Linguistics, students will opt to specialize in one of these three options: 1) SLA and teaching methodologies; 2) heritage language research and pedagogy; or 3) sociolinguistics and bilingualism.
As part of the program, the graduate students will receive a solid education in Digital Humanities as well as in the new trends of the profession.
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For more information, please contact Juan Gil-Oslé, Spanish Graduate Representative.