Doctor of Philosophy in Hispanic Studies

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Hispanic Studies is a residential interdisciplinary program with intertwined fields of study: Culture, Visual Cultures, Linguistics, and Literature. The graduate program in Hispanic Studies emphasizes the global connections and interdisciplinary dialogues of Hispanic cultural and linguistic production through advanced research and the analysis of literary and cultural texts from the Hispanic world and from in-depth comparative study of Spanish-speaking and bilingual cultural production.

The program trains students to analyze a diverse range of texts across a variety of media and genres. Using a wide range of methods and theoretical frameworks, students are trained as specialists and generalists, researchers, and active intellectuals by nationally and internationally well-known scholars with expertise in cultural studies, digital humanities, film and performance, gender and diaspora studies, Hispanic literatures, historical and comparative linguistics, history and presence of Spanish in the U.S., iconography, language acquisition and pedagogy, language variation and change, photography, post-hegemonic and infrapolitical thought, and sociolinguistics. Several faculty members are accomplished creative writers.

Important features of the PhD in Hispanic Studies program include: close faculty-student interaction and collaboration; mentoring in professional development; five-year funding, with the strong possibility of funded summer teaching; support for conference and research travel; training and teaching experience in language, literature, and culture; and dynamic associations with other departments and scholarly groups through certificate programs, classes, and co-sponsored events.

The PhD in Hispanic Studies seeks to graduate bilingual scholars, teachers, thinkers, and communicators who can follow paths of employment in academia or the public and private sectors in international business, cultural affairs, homeland security, public administration, non-profit organizations, tourism, and entertainment, etc.; and, in consonance with Texas A&M University’s call to Lead by Example, contribute to the public good, nationally and internationally.

Prerequisites: Admission to graduate studies and an undergraduate degree in Spanish or an equivalent competence in Spanish language and literature.

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