Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies

The Brown PhD in Hispanic Studies emphasizes the global connections and interdisciplinary dialogues of Hispanic literatures and cultures. Students are trained as specialists and generalists, researchers and active intellectuals by an internationally renowned literature faculty with additional strengths in performance, visual, urban, and environmental studies. Major features of the program include: 

  • Five-year funding, including summers, with the possibility of a 6th year extension;
  • Support for conference and research travel;
  • Close faculty-student interaction and collaboration;
  • Dedicated pedagogical training and teaching experience in language, literature and culture;
  • Mentoring in professional development;
  • Dynamic year-round calendar of lectures, talks, readings, and workshops;
  • Active connections with other departments and scholarly communities across campus through classes and co-sponsored events;
  • World famous John Carter Brown and John Hay Libraries.


Summary of Program Requirements and Timeline:

  • 15 courses: 3 seminars per semester in the first and second years, plus language-teaching methodology in spring of the first year; one seminar and one independent study in the third year;
  • Proficiency in two languages besides English and Spanish;
  • Preliminary exams based on a reading list of 70 books in Latin American and peninsular literatures, taken at the beginning of the third year;
  • Guided and independent research through the third year, working toward an article-length paper and culminating in oral exams;
  • Dissertation-proposal and dissertation writing in years four and five;
  • Teaching assistantships in years two, three, and four (one course per semester). 

Applications to our program are accepted annually in early January 

For more information contact the Director of Graduate Studies.