5: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Admission Information
Financial Assistance | Graduate Academic Regulations
Requirements for Specific Graduate Degrees | Departments and Programs | Faculty

Non-Departmental | Anthropology | Art | Asian and Middle Eastern | Asian Studies | Astronomy
Biochemistry | Biology | Biological and Physical Sciences | Biophysics | Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell Biology | Chemistry | Classics | Commerce | Drama | Economics | English | Environmental Sciences
French | German | Government and Foreign Affairs | Health Evaluation Sciences | History | Linguistics
Mathematics | Microbiology | Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics | Music | Neuroscience
Pharmacology | Philosophy | Physics | Psychology | Religious Studies | Russian and East European Studies
Slavic | Sociology | Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese | Statistics | Surgery

Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Languages and Literatures
Course Descriptions | Departmental Degree Requirements

Departmental Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Spanish   Thirty credits of courses at the 550 level or above, at least 12 of which must be at the 700 level or above; a comprehensive written examination; a one-hour oral examination; a thesis (normally an extended seminar paper) approved by two members of the graduate faculty. The written and oral examinations will be based exclusively on the departmental M.A. reading list.

Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish   Official departmental permission to proceed beyond the M.A. level; a reading knowledge of two other foreign languages (or the mastery of one) pertinent to the major research area; a minimum of 54 credits of courses (30 beyond the M.A.) at the 700-level or above; a written and oral comprehensive examination; an acceptable dissertation; an oral defense examination on the field of the dissertation. The guide for the written and oral exams will be the departmental Ph.D. reading list.

Permission to Proceed to the Ph.D. in Spanish   After completion of the M.A. requirements and acceptance into the Ph.D. program, all students in their first year of Ph.D. course work will be evaluated by the department before permission to proceed is granted.

Teaching Requirement for Spanish   Because this department considers language teaching an integral part of its graduate degree program and in order that our graduate students may fully develop their teaching abilities at several levels under the close supervision of the Spanish Language Coordinator and the course heads, the department normally requires that graduate students serve as teaching assistants. Exceptions may be made for part-time and non-resident students; exceptions in other cases must be approved by the graduate advisor.

Master of Arts in Italian   Twenty-seven credits of courses, including ITAL 710 (Stilistica) or ITAL 720 (Critica); at least two 700-level and two 800-level courses, and at least two 500- level courses. The masterís examination (based on the required readings): two two-hour written examinations and a two-hour oral examination including an analytic commentary; a masterís thesis approved by two graduate faculty members. Teaching experience: the program requires all M.A. candidates to serve as teaching assistants in elementary language courses (five hours) supervised by the Italian language coordinators, and in advanced language and literature courses (one hour) directed by the course instructors. Teaching assistants must be enrolled in ITAL 821 (Pedagogy; not part of the curricular 24 courses).


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