Spanish and Portuguese
Master of Arts
The Perry-Castaneda Library is well equipped to serve the needs of graduate students in Spanish and Portuguese. The Benson Latin American Collection is the world's foremost university research collection for Latin American studies. It contains 675,000 volumes related to Latin America and large collections of manuscripts, maps, and microforms.
The several language and computer laboratories furnish excellent opportunities for technical and professional preparation for teaching and research in Romance languages and linguistics. A large collection of tape recordings of dialect materials is also available.
Graduate work in Spanish and Portuguese is divided into the following areas: Portuguese (Luso-Brazilian language and literature), Spanish (Hispanic language and literature), Ibero-Romance philology and linguistics, and, in conjunction with the Department of French and Italian, Romance linguistics.
The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 1998-1999.
Master of Arts
The entering student must hold a bachelor's degree with a major in Spanish or Portuguese or demonstrate equivalent knowledge. A student admitted without this background must acquire it by supplemental reading and coursework before undertaking a regular degree program.
Students seeking the Master of Arts with one of the first three concentrations described below must earn thirty-three semester hours of credit. They may choose either Plan A or Plan B.
Plan A: Nine organized courses (twenty-seven semester hours) and a thesis (six hours)
Plan B: Ten organized courses (thirty hours) and a report (three hours)
Concentration in Hispanic literature. In this program, the student must take at least nine semester hours of Spanish literature and nine semester hours of Spanish American literature. At least three hours must be taken in each of the following periods: (1) beginnings through fifteenth century; (2) sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; (3) eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; and (4) twentieth century. At least one of these courses must contain a substantial critical theory component, as approved by the graduate adviser. A civilization course covering the same period may replace one of the four literature courses. The student must also take two graduate linguistics courses from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
Concentration in Luso-Brazilian literature. The Master of Arts degree program in Portuguese consists of courses in literature, language, and civilization prescribed by the Portuguese faculty in consultation with the graduate adviser. Both continental and Brazilian literature must be represented. The courses in civilization may be taken in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese or in another department but must have Luso-Brazilian content. All students must take a course in literary theory.
Concentration in Ibero-Romance philology and linguistics. In this program, the student must take twelve semester hours of Hispanic linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, covering both synchronic and diachronic dimensions; three hours in the Department of Linguistics; six hours of supporting work in related fields; and six hours of graduate coursework in Hispanic literature. Courses in supporting work may be taken within the Department of Spanish and Portuguese or in other departments, depending on the student's academic interests.
All students in the preceding concentrations must demonstrate proficiency in a second language. The second language may be either (1) Spanish (for Portuguese majors) or Portuguese (for Spanish majors); or (2) a language other than English, Spanish, and Portuguese that is relevant to the student's field and is approved by the graduate adviser. Students who choose Spanish or Portuguese as the second language must demonstrate proficiency equivalent to that shown by completion of Spanish 508K and 612 or Portuguese 508 and 516 with a grade of at least B in each course. Those who choose a language other than English, Spanish, or Portuguese must demonstrate reading knowledge of the language by earning a grade of at least B in a reading course approved by the graduate adviser, in a fourth-semester college course, or on an examination specified by the graduate adviser.
Upon completion of required coursework, the student must pass a written comprehensive examination. Lists of fundamental works in literature or linguistics are provided by the graduate adviser to help the student prepare.
Concentration in Romance linguistics. This program, offered in conjunction with the Department of French and Italian, does not require the number of hours of credit given above for Plans A and B. Instead, students earn either thirty hours, consisting of eight organized courses and the thesis; or thirty-three hours, consisting of nine organized courses and the report. The program is made up of approved courses in two of four major Romance languages, distributed as follows: (1) introduction to Romance linguistics; (2) four linguistics courses in the first language (Spanish or Portuguese); and (3) three courses in a second language.
All master's degrees in Spanish or Portuguese require a demonstrated proficiency in a second foreign language equivalent to that shown by four semesters of study. Upon completion of required coursework (twenty-seven semester hours in addition to the thesis course, or thirty hours in addition to the report course), the student must pass a written comprehensive examination. Lists of fundamental works in literature or linguistics are provided by the graduate adviser to help the student prepare.
Doctor of Philosophy
Although the PhD is not awarded on the basis of a specific number of courses or hours of credit, twelve courses (thirty-six hours) beyond the master's degree are usually recommended. Depending on the student's academic background, the supervising committee, the graduate adviser, or the Graduate Studies Committee may require additional coursework. Nine of the thirty-six semester hours must be in one or more related fields outside the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, such as other foreign languages, English, history, linguistics, and philosophy.
Concentration in Hispanic literature. The student must take (1) two courses in early Hispanic literature (medieval, Renaissance, golden age); (2) one course in eighteenth-, nineteenth-, or twentieth-century Spanish (Peninsular) literature; (3) one course in nineteenth- or twentieth-century Spanish American literature; (4) two linguistics courses in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, usually including a course in the history of the language; and (5) three courses in supporting work outside the major areas and, if possible, outside the department.
Concentration in Luso-Brazilian literature. The student must take (1) one course in early Portuguese literature (medieval through baroque) or colonial Brazilian literature; (2) one or two courses in nineteenth-century Portuguese/Brazilian literature; (3) one or two courses in twentieth-century Portuguese/Brazilian literature and culture; (4) two courses in linguistics; (5) one course in literary theory; and (6) two courses in supporting work outside the major areas.
Concentration in Ibero-Romance philology and linguistics. The student must take at least twelve courses beyond the master's degree, depending on academic background. The twelve courses must consist of five courses in the main area; three or four in a second area; and three or four in supporting work. The student must choose either Spanish or Portuguese linguistics as the major field of concentration, covering both diachronic and synchronic dimensions. For the second field, the student may choose from the following options: (1) a second Romance language, preferably Portuguese; (2) an area of literary concentration related to the student's linguistic studies; (3) an area that can be fulfilled with courses outside the department, such as applied linguistics, theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics, or psycholinguistics. Supporting work, intended to broaden the student's theoretical foundation and methodology for work in the fields of concentration, is chosen from appropriate offerings in corresponding departments. A more detailed description of the program is available from the graduate adviser.
Concentration in Romance linguistics. The student must take at least twenty-two courses beyond the Bachelor of Arts degree in the following areas: (1) seventeen courses from among the linguistics offerings in the Department of French and Italian and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, including a required course in comparative Romance linguistics; (2) five courses of supporting work from appropriate graduate linguistics courses in other departments. Language requirements for this degree are an adequate knowledge of the four major Romance languages, as well as a reading knowledge of German and a basic knowledge of Latin. A detailed description of the program is available from the graduate adviser.
Upon completion of course requirements, all doctoral students must pass a comprehensive examination in order to gain admission to candidacy for the degree. Students concentrating in Hispanic literature must take written and oral examinations based on four fields of concentration. Those concentrating in Luso-Brazilian literature must take a written examination based on the general doctoral reading list and an oral examination based on three fields of concentration. The student chooses the fields for in-depth study in consultation with the graduate adviser and with the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee. Students in Ibero-Romance philology and linguistics and Romance linguistics must take a written comprehensive examination in the areas of concentration prepared by a faculty committee. Before admission to candidacy, the student must have advanced proficiency in a second Romance language, usually Portuguese or Spanish. In addition, students in linguistics must have a basic knowledge of Latin; students in literature must have a basic knowledge of Latin or a reading knowledge of a language other than English, Spanish, or Portuguese, chosen in consultation with the graduate adviser on the basis of the student's needs. The student may not use his or her native language to fulfill any language requirement.
Campus address: Batts Hall (BAT) 103, phone (512) 471-4936, fax (512) 471-8073
Mailing address: Graduate Program, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712
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