Hispanic Studies

Ph.D. Program

The Brown Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies emphasizes the global connections and interdisciplinary dialogues of Hispanic literatures and cultures. Students are trained as specialists and generalists, researchers and active intellectuals by an internationally renowned literature faculty with additional strengths in performance, visual, urban, and environmental studies.

Major features of the program include: 

  • Five-year funding, including summers, with the possibility of a 6th year extension
  • Support for conference and research travel
  • Close faculty-student interaction and collaboration
  • Dedicated pedagogical training and teaching experience in language, literature and culture
  • Mentoring in professional development
  • Dynamic year-round calendar of lectures, talks, readings, and workshops
  • Active connections with other departments and scholarly communities across campus through classes and co-sponsored events
  • World-famous John Carter Brown and John Hay Libraries
  • Interdisciplinary teaching and research opportunity in other departments and centers

Program Requirements

  • 15 courses:
    • 3 seminars per semester in the first and second years
    • Language-teaching methodology in the fall semester
    • One seminar and one independent study in the third year
  • Proficiency in two languages besides English and Spanish
  • Preliminary exams based on a reading list of 70 books in Latin American and peninsular literatures, taken at the beginning of the third year
  • Guided and independent research through the third year, working toward an article-length paper and culminating in oral exams
  • Dissertation-proposal and dissertation writing in years four and five
  • Teaching assistantships in years two, three, and four (one course per semester)
Explore in-depth information on Hispanic Studies graduate coursework, exams, major paper, dissertation and timeline.
Applications to our program are accepted annually in early January.
Reference document containing content, administration and policies of the Spanish language courses offered by the Hispanic Studies department.