Spanish, PhD

A PhD in Spanish lets you delve into diverse topics related to the culture, language and literature of the Spanish-speaking world. With mentorship from renowned faculty, you will examine and rethink subjects like gender studies, second language acquisition, digital humanities, and more. With 30 renowned faculty members whose interests range on a variety of focus and research areas and interests, you will learn and engage in Spanish speaking skills. 

With a PhD in Spanish, you can prepare yourself for teaching positions, translation work or work in a larger sector such as governmental, diplomatic and international business career opportunities. With this degree, you will enrich the world around you and become a well rounded, diverse and open-minded Spanish speaking individual.

30 Tenured faculty
84% Funded students
84 Credit Required

Degree Overview

The School of International Letters and Cultures offers a  PhD in Spanish. The program trains students for entrance into the academic profession as well as the professional workplace. The Spanish doctoral program offers three literature tracks and one linguistics track.

The literature curriculum promote the study of the production, distribution and reception of texts, either written or visual (photographs, films, visual narratives, etc.); study of their linguistic, rhetorical and literary structures and functions; and study of the internal and external forces shaping literature, with an emphasis on literary theories and cultural studies. Many literature courses explore issues relating to gender, class, race, ethnicity, globalization, post-human theories and digital humanities.

The linguistics curriculum provides advanced interdisciplinary graduate training in three focus areas: second-language acquisition and teaching methodologies; heritage language research and heritage language pedagogy; and sociolinguistics, bilingualism, and Spanish in the U.S.

Fields of Study

Literature Studies, A typical doctoral program with a specialization on Literature will consist of a variety of graduate SPA courses in literature, selected among various geographical areas and historical periods, as approved by the student’s supervisory committee.

Cultural Studies A typical doctoral program with a specialization on Cultural Studies will consist of a variety of courses in culture, literature, and linguistics, diversified between geographical areas and historical periods, as approved by the student’s supervisory committee. 

Tracks

Visual Studies, the meanings and practices of looking across periods of the Pan Hispanic culture. Under the Cultural Studies umbrella, Visual Studies applies mainly to photography, film, television, performance, video, comics and popular culture.

Mexican American Studies, as displayed in literature, language, visual arts and cultural practices. This track prioritizes the historical, political and socioeconomic experiences of Mexican American citizens in the US, particularly in the Southwest, establishing links to all US Latinos, Latin America and Spain.

Early-Modern Iberian Studies, historical interconnections between literatures and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, and global systems of exchange from the Middle Ages to modernity and postmodernity. It challenges divisions between genres, periods and regions and will cover transatlantic, Mediterranean, pan-European and colonial texts, performances, visual artifacts, maps, buildings and so on.

Spanish Linguistics, advanced interdisciplinary training in language acquisition with teaching, applied linguistics, heritage language research and pedagogy, sociolinguistics and bilingualism. In addition to taking six core courses in Spanish Linguistics, students specialize in one of three options: 1) SLA and teaching methodologies; 2) heritage language research and pedagogy; or 3) sociolinguistics and bilingualism.

How to apply

Spanish PhD candidates must fulfill the admission and residence requirements of the Graduate College. Candidates for the doctorate in Spanish must demonstrate a near-native oral proficiency in Spanish, as well as a high order of expository prose in English and Spanish through a specified writing sample. Letters of recommendation validating the applicant’s command of Spanish and readiness for doctoral work are required. Candidates may also have a personal interview. Please visit here to learn about what materials are needed to apply.

Students who wish to be considered for a teaching assistant position must apply by January 15, for the Fall semester. All other applications for the Fall semester are due by April 15.

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"[The School of International Letters and Cultures] has been very supportive. My advisor's guidance has been crucial in the development of my research. In addition, I have learned a lot from my peers. SILC has fostered a very inclusive and friendly working and learning environment."

-- Edurne Beltran de Heredia Carmona

Curriculum

The 84-hour program of study includes a written comprehensive exam, a prospectus, and a dissertation. Prospective doctoral candidates should have a passion and interest in Spanish language and culture.

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Core Courses3
Track Courses18
Program Specific/Electives36-39
Research12
Dissertation12
Total Credit Hours84

Courses and electives

The coursework for each student is individualized and based upon the student's previous training, research goals, and mentor and committee consensus. Our research heavy program requires students to complete a written comprehensive exam, prospectus, and dissertation.

Literature studies is a typical doctoral program with a specialization on Literature will consist of a variety of graduate SPA courses in literature, selected among various geographical areas and historical periods, as approved by the student’s supervisory committee. 

Core Courses

SPA 520 Preparing for Professional Careers
GRD 791 Preparing Future Faculty and Scholars

3

Required Course

SPA 545 Concepts of Literary Criticism

3

Elective Courses

SPA 534 Spanish Drama of the Golden Age
SPA 536 Generation of 1898
SPA 537 Women in Spanish Literature
SPA 538 Chicana Writers
SPA 552 Chicano/Chicana Film
SPA 553 Latin American Feminist Film
SPA 555 Spanish American Modernism
SPA 557 Contemporary Spanish American Poetry
SPA 560 Medieval Spanish Literature
SPA 546 19th-Century Prose Fiction
SPA 565 20th-Century Spanish Drama
SPA 566 Generation of 1927
SPA 567 Contemporary Spanish Novel
SPA 568 Cervantes
SPA 569 Studies in Spanish Film
SPA 572 Spanish American Drama
SPA 573 Spanish American Essay
SPA 574 Spanish American Vanguard Poetry
SPA 575 Contemporary Spanish American Novel
SPA 576 Contemporary Spanish American Short Story
SPA 577 Regional Spanish American Literature
SPA 582 Studies in Latin American Film
SPA 585 Chicano/Chicana Short Story
SPA 586 Chicano/Chicana Short Novel
SPA 587 Chicano/Chicana Drama
SPA 588 Chicano/Chicana Essay
SPA 589 Chicano/Chicana Poetry
SPA 598 Topic: Themes of Spanish Culture
SPA 598 Topic: Mexico City
SPA 598 Topic: Sor Juana
SPA 598 Topic: Global Connections: Spies, Pirates & Travelers
SPA 598 Topic: Redentores de Macondo: El pensamiento politico-cultural latinoamericano en el siglo XX
SPA 598 Topic: Chicano/Chicana Autobiography
SPA 598 Topic: Queer Theory: The Major Texts
SPA 598 Topic: Spanish American Romanticism
SPA 598 Topic: Latin American Photography
SPA 598 Topic: Literature of the Mexican Revolution
SPA 598 Topic: Queer Latin American Film
SPA 598 Topic: Foundational Fictions: Nation Building Literature in Latin America (19th to 20th C)
SPA 598 Topic: Latin American Graphic Narrative
SPA 598 Topic: El Neobarroco: Borges – Paz – Lezama Lima
SPA 598 Topic: Mexico City in Film
SPA 598 Topic: 21st Century Latin American Narrative
SPA 601 Latin American Feminist Cultural Production

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Research: SPA 792 Research

12

Dissertation

SPA 799 Dissertation

12

Cultural Studies is a typical doctoral program with a specialization on Cultural Studies will consist of a variety of courses in culture, literature, and linguistics, diversified between geographical areas and historical periods, as approved by the student’s supervisory committee.

Core Courses

SPA 520 Preparing for Professional Careers
GRD 791 Preparing Future Faculty and Scholars

3

Required Course

SPA 545 Concepts of Literary Criticism

3

Elective Courses

SPA 534 Spanish Drama of the Golden Age
SPA 536 Generation of 1898
SPA 537 Women in Spanish Literature
SPA 538 Chicana Writers
SPA 552 Chicano/Chicana Film
SPA 553 Latin American Feminist Film
SPA 555 Spanish American Modernism
SPA 557 Contemporary Spanish American Poetry
SPA 560 Medieval Spanish Literature
SPA 546 19th-Century Prose Fiction
SPA 565 20th-Century Spanish Drama
SPA 566 Generation of 1927
SPA 567 Contemporary Spanish Novel
SPA 568 Cervantes
SPA 569 Studies in Spanish Film
SPA 572 Spanish American Drama
SPA 573 Spanish American Essay
SPA 574 Spanish American Vanguard Poetry
SPA 575 Contemporary Spanish American Novel
SPA 576 Contemporary Spanish American Short Story
SPA 577 Regional Spanish American Literature
SPA 582 Studies in Latin American Film
SPA 585 Chicano/Chicana Short Story
SPA 586 Chicano/Chicana Short Novel
SPA 587 Chicano/Chicana Drama
SPA 588 Chicano/Chicana Essay
SPA 589 Chicano/Chicana Poetry
SPA 598 Topic: Themes of Spanish Culture
SPA 598 Topic: Mexico City
SPA 598 Topic: Sor Juana
SPA 598 Topic: Global Connections: Spies, Pirates & Travelers
SPA 598 Topic: Redentores de Macondo: El pensamiento politico-cultural latinoamericano en el siglo XX
SPA 598 Topic: Chicano/Chicana Autobiography
SPA 598 Topic: Queer Theory: The Major Texts
SPA 598 Topic: Spanish American Romanticism
SPA 598 Topic: Latin American Photography
SPA 598 Topic: Literature of the Mexican Revolution
SPA 598 Topic: Queer Latin American Film
SPA 598 Topic: Foundational Fictions: Nation Building Literature in Latin America (19th to 20th C)
SPA 598 Topic: Latin American Graphic Narrative
SPA 598 Topic: El Neobarroco: Borges – Paz – Lezama Lima
SPA 598 Topic: Mexico City in Film
SPA 598 Topic: 21st Century Latin American Narrative
SPA 601 Latin American Feminist Cultural Production

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Research: SPA 792 Research

12

Dissertation

SPA 799 Dissertation

The Early-Modern Iberian Studies track in the Spanish PhD 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. Iberian Studies is synonymous with Kinesis and insects from a wide range of perspectives: ethnical, geographic, linguistic, economic, and visual.

This track explores issues relevant to the foundations of all Spanish, Latin American and Mexican American Literatures and cultures. Students in this track challenge the conventional divisions between genres, periods, and regions. Their scope will cover transatlantic, Mediterranean, pan-European, and colonial texts, performances, visual artifacts, maps, buildings, and so on.

Core Courses: 
SPA 520 Preparing for Professional Careers
GRD 791 Preparing Future Faculty and Scholars

3
Required Electives: 
SPA 545 Concepts of Literary Criticism (3)
3
Track Courses: 
SPA 568 Cervantes (3)
SPA 598 Topic: Latin America & the Atlantic World, 1500-1800 (3)
SPA 598 Topic: Prose and Worldwide Pax Hispanica (1599-1618) (3)
SPA 598 Topic: Early Modern Gender and Culture (3)
SPA 598 Topic: Transatlantic Plays: Metropolitan Responses to European Expansion
SPA 598 Topic: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: Baroque Contexts/Modern
18
Program Specific/Electives
SPA 536 Generation of 1898
SPA 537 Women in Spanish Literature
SPA 538 Mexican American Women Writers
SPA 555 Spanish American Modernism
SPA 557 Contemporary Spanish American Poetry
SPA 560 Medieval Spanish Literature
SPA 563 Spanish Romanticism
SPA 564 19th Century Spanish Prose Fiction
SPA 565 20th Century Spanish Drama
SPA 566 Generation of 1927
SPA 567 Contemporary Spanish Novel
SPA 569 Studies in Spanish Film
SPA 570 Indigenous Literatures of Spanish America
SPA 571 Colonial Spanish American Literature
SPA 572 Spanish American Drama
SPA 573 Spanish American Essay
SPA 574 Spanish American Vanguard Poetry
SPA 575 Contemporary Spanish American Novel
SPA 577 Topic: Regional Spanish American Literature (Argentina)
SPA 577 Topic: Regional Spanish American Literature (Caribbean)
SPA 578 Novel of the Mexican Revolution
SPA 581 Latin American Popular Culture
SPA 585 Mexican American Short Story
SPA 586 Mexican American Novel
SPA 587 Mexican American Drama
SPA 588 Mexican American Essay
SPA 589 Mexican American Poetry
SPA 601 Latin American Feminist Cultural Production

Various: Any two classes relative to the research field with any prefix (e.g. ARS Latin American Art and Architecture, 1491-1821, ARS 598 Topic: Projections of Jerusalem in Latin America). Courses must be approved by committee and Spanish Graduate Representative.
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Research: SPA 792 Research12
Dissertation: SPA 799 Dissertation12

The linguistics track was created to meet a national need for PhDs with experience in second language acquisition and teaching, heritage language research and pedagogy, and sociolinguistics. Students graduating from this program will be in high demand for directing language programs as well as meeting the need for K-12 and high-school language teachers and administrators and in-service training involving the use of technology. Students will gain advanced interdisciplinary training in language acquisition with teaching, applied linguistics, heritage language research and pedagogy, sociolinguistics and bilingualism.

 

Core Course
SPA 520 Preparing for Professional Careers
GRD 791 Preparing Future Faculty and Scholars

3
Required Track Courses
SPA 543 Structure of Spanish
SLC 598 Topic: Research Methods for Linguists
SLC 598 Topic: Sociolinguistics
SPA 544 Spanish Phonology
SPA 598 Topic: Heritage Language Pedagogy
Spa 598 Topic: Spanish Second Language Acquisition

18

Required Focus Area (choose 1 focus area)

Focus Area: Second Language Acquisition
SPA 591 Topic: Teaching Methodology TAs
SPA 598 Topic: Language Program Administration
SPA 598 Topic: Spanish for Specific Purposes Pedagogy and Curriculum Development
SPA 691 Advanced Studies in Spanish Linguistics (e.g. advanced topics in SLA/applied linguistics)

Focus Area: Heritage Language Research and Pedagogy
SPA 542 Studies in the Spanish of the Southwest
SPA 691 Topic: Heritage Language Research
SPA 598 Topic: Topics in Bilingualism
SPA 691 Advanced Studies in Spanish Linguistics (e.g. advanced topics in SLA/applied linguistics)

Focus Area: Sociolinguistics, Bilingualism, and Spanish in the US
SPA 541 Spanish Language in America
SPA 542 Studies in the Spanish of the Southwest
SPA 598 Topic: Topics in Bilingualism
SPA 691 Advanced Studies in Spanish Linguistics (e.g. advanced topics in SLA/applied linguistics)

 

Electives or Research courses in a secondary field of study

BLE 522 Literacy/Biliteracy Development
ENG 557 Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
LIN 515 American English
LIN 516 Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis
LIN 517 History of the English Language
LIN 520/SLC 515 Second-Language Acquisition Theories
LIN 523 Language Testing and Assessment
LIN 524 Curriculum Design and Materials Development
LIN 525 Teaching Second Language Writing
LIN 656 Studies in Cross-Cultural Discourse
LIN 614 Advanced Studies in Syntax
LIN 615 Advanced Studies in Sociolinguistics
LIN 616 Advanced Studies in Discourse Analysis
LIN 617 Advanced Studies in Historical Linguistics
LIN 620 Advanced Studies in Second-Language Acquisition
SPA 691 Advanced Studies in Spanish Linguistics

*students may also take any of the focus area courses outside of their primary focus area as electives

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Additional Electives
BLE 522 Literacy/Biliteracy Development
ENG 557 Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
LIN 515 American English
LIN 516 Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis
LIN 517 History of the English Language
LIN 520/SLC 515 Second-Language Acquisition Theories
LIN 523 Language Testing and Assessment
LIN 524 Curriculum Design and Materials Development
LIN 525 Teaching Second Language Writing
LIN 656 Studies in Cross-Cultural Discourse
LIN 614 Advanced Studies in Syntax
LIN 615 Advanced Studies in Sociolinguistics
LIN 616 Advanced Studies in Discourse Analysis
LIN 617 Advanced Studies in Historical Linguistics
LIN 620 Advanced Studies in Second-Language Acquisition
SPA 691 Advanced Studies in Spanish Linguistics

12
Research
SPA 792 Research
12
Dissertation
SPA 799 Dissertation
12

The Mexican American Studies (MAS) track explores the Mexican American condition as displayed in literature, language, visual arts, and cultural practices. This 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 MAS track contributes to a better understanding of Mexican American contemporary cultural practice. It broadens the Latino experience and increases the presence of Mexican Americans in the intellectual terrain. MAS prepares MAs and PhDs to teach in colleges and universities around the world.

Core Courses: 

SPA 520 Preparing for Professional Careers
GRD 791 Preparing Future Faculty and Scholars (required to take 2 times)

3
Required Electives: (1 course)
SPA 545 Concepts of Literary Criticism
3
Track Courses: (Choose 6 courses)
SPA 538 Mexican American Women Writers
SPA 552 Studies in Mexican American Film
SPA 585 Mexican American Short Story
SPA 586 Mexican American Novel
SPA 587 Mexican American Drama
SPA 588 Mexican American Essay
SPA 589 Mexican American Poetry
SPA 598 Topic: Mexican American Autobiography
18

Program Specific/Electives: (up to 6 credits may be a prefix other than SPA)

SPA 536 Generation of 1898
SPA 537 Women in Spanish Literature
SPA 553 Latin American Feminist Film
SPA 555 Spanish American Modernism
SPA 557 Contemporary Spanish American Poetry
SPA 560 Medieval Spanish Literature
SPA 563 Spanish Romanticism
SPA 564 19th Century Spanish Prose Fiction
SPA 565 20th Century Spanish Drama
SPA 566 Generation of 1927
SPA 567 Contemporary Spanish Novel
SPA 568 Cervantes
SPA 569 Studies in Spanish Film
SPA 570 Indigenous Literatures of Spanish America
SPA 571 Colonial Spanish American Literature
SPA 572 Spanish American Drama
SPA 573 Spanish American Essay
SPA 574 Spanish American Vanguard Poetry
SPA 575 Contemporary Spanish American Novel
SPA 576 Contemporary Spanish American Short Story
SPA 577 Topic: Regional Spanish American Literature (Argentina)
SPA 577 Topic: Regional Spanish American Literature (Caribbean)
SPA 578 Novel of the Mexican Revolution
SPA 581 Latin American Popular Culture
SPA 582 Studies in Latin American Film
SPA 601 Latin American Feminist Cultural Production
SPA 691 Topic: Contemporary Critical Discourse in Latin America

Various: Any two classes relative to the research field with any prefix (e.g., TSS 502 Deep History of the United States/Mexico Borderlands II, TSS 506: Theory and Methods of Transborder Media and Expressive Culture, ENG 591 Transborder Chicana/o Literature, ENG 602 Critical Race Theory). Courses must be approved by committee and Spanish Graduate Representative.

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Research: SPA 792 Research12
Dissertation: SPA 799 Dissertation12

The Visual Studies track in the Spanish PhD 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. This track provides students with a broader look of the PanHispanic world’s images.

Core Courses: 

SPA 520 Preparing for Professional Careers
GRD 791 Preparing Future Faculty and Scholars (required to take 2 times)

3
Required Electives: (1 course)
SPA 545 Concepts of Literary Criticism
3
Track Courses: (Choose 6 courses)
SPA 545 Concepts of Literary Criticism
SPA 550 Latin American Photography
SPA 552 Studies in Mexican American Film
SPA 553 Latin  American Feminist Film
SPA 569 Studies in Spanish Film
SPA 582 Studies in Latin American Film
18

Program Specific/Electives: (up to 6 credits may be a prefix other than SPA)

SPA 598 Topic: Latin American Queer Filmmaking
SPA 536 Generation of 1898
SPA 537 Women in Spanish Literature
SPA 538 Mexican American Women Writers
SPA 555 Spanish American Modernism
SPA 560 Medieval Spanish Literature
SPA 564 19th Century Spanish Prose Fiction
SPA 565 20th Century Spanish Drama
SPA 567 Contemporary Spanish Novel
SPA 568 Cervantes
SPA 572 Spanish American Drama
SPA 573 Spanish American Essay
SPA 574 Spanish American Vanguard Poetry
SPA 575 Contemporary Spanish American Novel
SPA 576 Contemporary Spanish American Short Story
SPA 577 Topic: Regional Spanish American Literature (Argentina)
SPA 577 Topic: Regional Spanish American Literature (Caribbean)
SPA 578 Novel of the Mexican Revolution
SPA 581 Latin American Popular Culture
SPA 585 Mexican American Short Story
SPA 586 Mexican American Novel
SPA 588 Mexican American Essay
SPA 601 Latin American Feminist Cultural Production

Various: Any two classes relative to the research field with any prefix approved by the committee and Spanish Graduate Representative (i.e., FMS 504 Film Analysis, FMS 598 Masculinity in Film, etc.).

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Research: SPA 792 Research12
Dissertation: SPA 799 Dissertation12

The School of International Letters and Cultures is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, located on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. From Broadway plays at Gammage Auditorium to games at the Sun Devils’ athletic complex, there’s no shortage of things to do in Tempe.

Just a short walk from campus, you’ll have access to hundreds of restaurants and miles of hiking and walking trails (including the hike up “A” Mountain). Go paddle boarding at Tempe Town Lake or enjoy some stand-up comedy at Tempe Improv. You can explore the Valley of the Sun easily with two light rail stops on campus.

 

Name Patrick Thomas Ridge

Graduation year May 2017

Major Ph.D. Spanish, Specialization in Latin American Literature and Culture

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