The Doctor of Philosophy program in Spanish requires a total of at least 72 s.h. of graduate credit. Ph.D. students choose from two programs; one is dedicated to Hispanic literatures, the other to Hispanic linguistics. The literature program trains students in textual analysis and literary history, criticism, and theory. The linguistics program provides training in linguistic analysis and theory.

The literature program requires a minimum of 66 s.h. of course work (22 courses), of which 30 s.h. may have been earned for an M.A. in Spanish at the University of Iowa or at another institution, as approved by the director of graduate studies.

The linguistics program requires a minimum of 57 s.h. of course work (19 courses), of which 30 s.h. may have been earned for an M.A. in Spanish at the University of Iowa or at another institution, as approved by the director of graduate studies.

Both programs also require 6 s.h. earned in SPAN:6999 Thesis, to complete the 72 s.h. required for the Ph.D.

Course requirements for each program are as follows.

Literature Track

Courses

Students must complete at least 36 s.h. (12 courses) beyond the master's degree (or 22 courses beyond the bachelor's degree). The following courses are required; courses taken for the M.A. may be used to meet part of this requirement.

Two courses in literary theory6
Three courses in Spanish literature, at least one of which must be pre-1700 literature9
Three courses in Spanish American literature9
One course in cinema3
Two 7000-level seminars in literary studies6
One literature course in another Romance language (see "Language and Literature Tool Requirement")3
SPAN:6999Thesis6

Each student's plan of study is tailored to the chosen area of emphasis and must be approved by the student's advisory committee. Ph.D. course work in Spanish (taken after the M.A.) must be numbered 6000 or above, except the Romance literature course taken for the language tool requirement.

Language and Literature Tool Requirement

Before the comprehensive examination, students must complete the equivalent of three years of college-level study in another Romance language and become well acquainted with its literature in limited areas of specialization; the study of Luso-Brazilian literature is highly recommended. This requirement may be satisfied only through course work at the University of Iowa or another accredited university.

Students also must complete the equivalent of one year of college-level study of another approved foreign language. Students who do not fulfill the Romance language requirement with Portuguese must use it to satisfy this requirement. Students who will write dissertations on topics in Spanish or Portuguese literature before 1700 are strongly encouraged to select Latin, Arabic, or an Amerindian language to satisfy this requirement; students should consult specialists in their field to determine which language is most appropriate. Students may take more than two languages, earning more than the 72 s.h. required for the degree, if their literary course work permits.

Students may satisfy the language tool requirement by examination or by course work at the University of Iowa or at another accredited university; language tool course work does not count toward the 72 s.h. required for the degree. Courses taken to fulfill the language tool requirements may be taken pass/nonpass. If the language tool requirements are satisfied by examination, the exam results must be documented in the student's file. Courses taken to fulfill the second Romance literature requirement must be taken on a graded basis and may be counted toward the degree.

Linguistics Track

Courses

Students must earn at least 27 s.h. (9 courses) beyond the master's degree (or 19 courses beyond the bachelor's degree). The following courses are required; courses taken for the M.A. may be used to meet part of this requirement.

SPAN:6110Spanish Phonology3
SPAN:6120Spanish Syntax3
SPAN:6150Topics in Spanish Language Acquisition3
SPAN:6190Topics in Comparative Romance Linguistics3
SPAN:6999Thesis6
LING:3005Articulatory and Acoustic Phonetics3
LING:5010Introduction to Syntax3
LING:5020Introduction to Phonology3
LING:6010Syntactic Theory3
One additional course in the dissertation research area3
One course in historical linguistics, sociolinguistics/language variation, or language acquisition/psycholinguistics3
One Hispanic linguistics seminar numbered 7000 or above3

The additional course in the dissertation research area (phonology, syntax, language acquisition, language variation) must be offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese or the Department of Linguistics.

Each student's plan of study is tailored to the chosen area of emphasis and must be approved by the student's advisory committee. Ph.D. course work in Spanish (taken after the M.A.) must be numbered 6000 or above, except for some courses offered by the Department of Linguistics and the required third-year-level course in Portuguese (see "Linguistics Track: Language Tool and Additional Requirements" below).

Language Tool and Additional Requirements

Students in the linguistics track must complete the equivalent of three years of college-level study of Portuguese, and the equivalent of one year of college-level study of each of two other languages. For students specializing in historical linguistics, one of those two languages must be Latin.

Students may satisfy the language tool requirement by examination or by course work at the University of Iowa or at another accredited university. Courses taken to fulfill the language tool requirements may be taken pass/nonpass. If the language tool requirements are satisfied by examination, the exam results must be documented in the student's file. The language tool course work does not count toward the 57 s.h. of pre-thesis course work required for the degree, except the third-year-level course work in Portuguese, which may be counted with the faculty advisor's approval if the student took it for a grade.

Students in the linguistics track also must write two extended research papers and give two colloquium presentations based on these papers. The first paper must be in an area distinct from the intended dissertation research; it must be approved by the student's advisory committee by the end of fall semester of the second year of Ph.D. course work in order for the student to continue in the program. The second paper must be in the dissertation research area, must be of publishable quality, and must be approved by the student's advisory committee no later than the beginning of the semester in which the student takes the comprehensive exam.

Comprehensive Examination

The purpose of the Ph.D. comprehensive examination is to determine whether the student has gained sufficient breadth and depth of research knowledge in Hispanic literatures or linguistics to enter the profession as a teacher-scholar. The examining committee is composed of five departmental faculty members or four departmental faculty members and a fifth faculty member from a related department.

Literature Track

The literature track's comprehensive exam has written and oral components.

The written component includes four elements: two broad areas, one specialized area, and one article. Each element is supervised by a different committee member.

The two broad areas comprise lists of approximately 40 readings, with each list covering an established historical period that is tied to the student's Ph.D. course work (one Peninsular, the other Spanish American). The lists must be approved by the supervisor before distribution to the rest of the committee. Each area is evaluated with a three-hour written exam, which is discussed during the student's oral exam.

The specialized area's reading list includes 25-40 secondary works that define the area and are related to the dissertation. The area is examined via a 15-20 page position paper, which is a critical synthesis of the secondary readings and normally becomes part of the dissertation introduction. The list and the paper must be written in consultation with a faculty supervisor and must be approved by the supervisor at least one month before the oral exam.

The article is a 20-25 page research essay, usually a revised version of a paper written for one of the two required seminars numbered 7000 or above. The article should be written in consultation with the professor who taught the seminar and with a faculty supervisor; if the professor who taught the course also supervises the area, the student must consult with at least one more professor. The article must be approved by the supervisor at least one month before the oral exam.

The oral exam lasts two hours, with approximately half devoted to the two broad areas and half to the article and the position paper.

Linguistics Track

The comprehensive exam for the linguistics track includes written and oral components. The written component comprises two weekend take-home exams consisting of linguistic analysis in two subdisciplines distinct from the subdiscipline of the intended dissertation research. The two-hour oral exam consists of one hour devoted to discussion of the second research paper and the other hour devoted to follow-up questions on the written exams.

Dissertation

After the Ph.D. comprehensive examination is completed, the candidate submits a dissertation prospectus for the dissertation committee's approval. The dissertation committee is composed of five faculty members; at least four committee members must be from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

All doctoral dissertations must be submitted to the Graduate College in electronic format.

The dissertation, complete and in final form, must be submitted in the required electronic format at the Graduate College office by the first-deposit deadline date of the session in which the degree is to be conferred. The final deposit of the approved dissertation in electronic format must be deposited at the office by the appropriate deadline in the student's graduation semester.

Students must adhere to the Graduate College regulations regarding preparation of the dissertation copy; consult the Graduate College. For information on the dissertation and final examinations, see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.

Graduate Study Loads

Maximum course registration for all graduate students is 15 s.h. of graduate-level course work in fall or spring semesters and 12 s.h. of graduate-level work in summer sessions. Students with one-quarter-time and one-third-time teaching assistantships are permitted to register for the maximum study loads. Students who hold one-half-time assistantships are permitted to register for a maximum of 12 s.h. in fall and spring semesters and 6 s.h. in summer sessions. Students must have approval from the Graduate College to register for additional semester hours.

The minimum course registration is 2 s.h. for all graduate students. Doctoral students who have passed the comprehensive examinations typically register for 2 s.h. of thesis work to satisfy the minimum registration requirement. Students who fail to register for 36 months must apply for readmission to the Graduate College.

Teaching and research assistantships are available to qualified graduate students. Usually, four years of support are available beyond the receipt of the M.A. for the Ph.D. Applications for financial support should be made directly to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

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