The Department of Hispanic Studies at Brown University trains students to be both specialists and generalists, language teachers and literature scholars, researchers and active intellectuals. Our faculty represents a broad range of topics and approaches, with particular strengths in early modern and colonial literature, modern and contemporary Latin American narrative, poetry and transatlantic studies.
Class sizes are kept small, to ensure close interaction between students and faculty during the five years of the program, and students receive careful guidance on individual plans of study, professional issues, and job placement.
Additional resources: We encourage our students to take advantage of the many opportunities for disciplinary exchange and collaborations that characterize intellectual life at Brown, especially through the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Cogut Center for the Humanities, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and the Program for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. Excellent general scholarly resources are available through the David Rockefeller Library, while the John Carter Brown and Hay libraries contain extraordinary holdings in special materials. Finally, our students also have the opportunity to take courses at neighboring institutions such as Harvard and Yale, or to study abroad at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela or the Universidad de Salamanca.
Ph.D.: Sixteen courses including one course each in philology and language teaching methodologies; 25-30 page major paper; reading knowledge of two languages other than Spanish and English; six semesters of teaching; preliminary examination in general and specialized areas; dissertation.
Admission requirements: Writing sample in Spanish on a topic related to Hispanic Studies; 12-15 pages double-spaced maximum. Please do not exceed this length, and do not submit more than one sample.
Video response in Spanish to question included in online application; 1-3 minutes maximum.
GRE General: Required
GRE Subject: Not required
Application deadline: Extended to January 1