Spanish Linguistics, PhD

To meet the increasing demand for experts in Spanish linguistics and applied linguistics, the new PhD in Spanish Linguistics offers solid academic preparation, intensive professional development opportunities, and strong pedagogical training and teaching experiences to prepare you for careers within the academy and beyond.

30 Tenured faculty
84% Funded students
84 Credits required

Degree Overview

The Spanish Linguistics Ph.D. prepares students for entrance into the academic profession (teachers and scholars) as well as for professions outside of academia. This degree 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. By providing advanced training in interdisciplinary fields within the broad area of Spanish Linguistics, students will receive well-rounded academic preparation.

Focus Areas

Spanish heritage studies and sociolinguistics, advanced interdisciplinary graduate training that combines key areas in Spanish heritage language research and pedaggy, bilingualism and Spanish sociolinguistics

Second language acquisition and teaching, advanced interdisciplinary graduate training that combines key areas in second language acquisition and teaching, applied linguistics, heritage language pedagogy and language program administration.

How to apply

Spanish linguistics PhD candidates must fulfill the admission and residence requirements of the Graduate College. Candidates for the doctorate in Spanish linguistics 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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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 linguistics.

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Core Course3
Track Courses9
Other Required Courses19
Electives or Research 41
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.

1- core course

  • SPA 543 Structure of Spanish

Students are to select three (3) courses from the below list as deemed necessary by supervisory committee:

  • SPA 541 Spanish Language in America
  • SPA 542 Studies in the Spanish of the Southwest
  • SPA 598 Topic: Bilingualism
  • SPA 691 Topic: Advanced Sociolinguistics
  • SPA 691 Topic: Heritage Language Research

Students are to select three (3) courses from the below list as deemed necessary by supervisory committee:

  • LIN 557 Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
  • SPA 598 Topic: Bilingualism
  • SPA 598 Topic: Language Program Administration
  • SPA 598 Topic: Spanish Applied Linguistics
  • SPA 691 Topic: Applied Linguistics

7- Required Courses

  • COE 502 Introduction to Data Analysis (or approved equivalent)
  • GRD 791 Topic: Prepareing Future Faculty and Scholars (PFx)
  • SPA 544 Spanish Phonology
  • SPA 546 Heritage Language Pedagogy
  • SPA 598 Topic: Research Methods for Linguistics
  • SPA 598 Topic: Sociolinguistics
  • SPA 598 Topic: Spanish Second Language Acquisition

Research and elective courses to be chosen in consultation with supervisory committee.

1- course

  • SLC 799 Dissertation

Dissertation

The dissertation is the document presented by a candidate for the PhD to demonstrate the ability to conduct research in conformance with the prevailing standards of scholarship.