Degree Requirements

ThePh.D. in Romance Studies(with concentrations in French and Spanish) is designed to prepare you for a career as a university professor and research scholar.  It also provides training in advanced language, teaching, and research skills that can be used in other professions.  The requirements set out below for the Ph.D. in Romance Studies are minimum requirements; the Committee on Graduate Studies, the Director of Graduate Studies, or your advisor may set additional requirements.

  1. a) For students entering on the “five-year plan” (B.A. or M.A.), passing satisfactorily a minimum of 45 credits in approved courses, with at least 24 graded credits on the 600 level;

    b) For students entering on the “four-year plan” (M.A.), passing satisfactorily a minimum of 36 credits in approved courses, with at least 18 graded credits on the 600 level;
  2. Passing “Introduction to Literary Theory” (MLL 505), “Introduction to Modern Language Teaching” (MLL 503), and a minimum of 3 graded credits in each of the following areas:



    • Middle Ages and/or 16th Century
    • Middle Ages and/or Golden Age
    • 17th Century and/or 18th Century
    • 18th-19th-Century Spain and/or 20th-Century Spain
    • 19th Century and/or 20th Century
    • Colonial Latin America
    • Francophone Studies
    • 19th-Century Latin America


    • 20th-Century Latin America

    Note: Ordinarily, students will take at least two graduate courses in the dept each semester;
  3. In addition to proficiency in English and the language of study, demonstrating the following:

    a) Reading knowledge of two other languages, or

    b) Holistic knowledge of one other language by passing the equivalent of a course on at least the 300-level;


    Note: In consultation with the student’s advisor, appropriate languages of study will be determined (e.g. Latin American literature students may be encouraged to study Portuguese; students of Early Modern literature may be encouraged to study Italian, etc.)


    c) If area of specialization is Medieval or Early Modern (including Colonial Latin America), then also demonstrating reading knowledge of Latin;


  4. Passing a Breadth exam that covers either three periods in one region or two periods and two regions and a Core List of readings common to all students;
  5. Passing a Qualifying exam on an approved topic (examples include: Existentialism, queer studies and theater, portraiture, genocide).  The exam includes three general approaches that focus on literature, theory, and a cognate discipline (e.g. history, sociology, art, film, etc.);
  6. Successfully defending a dissertation prospectus;
  7. Completing and defending satisfactorily a dissertation;
  8. Satisfying the requirements of the Graduate School as stated in the Graduate Bulletin.