The PhD concentration in Luso-Brazilian and Hispanic American Literary Studies consists of 9 units in Brazilian literature and 9 units in Spanish American literature, in addition to 6 units in each of two distinct secondary areas, and 18 units of electives.
Students majoring in Luso-Brazilian and Hispanic American Literary Studies will write a dissertation which includes at least one author, genre or literary period from Brazil, and at least one from Spanish America.
A fully staffed faculty in Portuguese and Spanish, in addition to an already established graduate curriculum, provide the students with a broad and solid comparative perspective of the literary and cultural production in Latin
This new track responds to the current job market's need for Latin Americanists able to teach Portuguese and Brazilian literature in addition to Spanish and Spanish-American literature.
Ana Maria Carvalho Ph.D.
1) Two letters of reference, at least one of which must be from a professor who did not serve on the student's M.A. examination committee
This procedure will ensure that each student will be considered fully and fairly. Admittance into the program will not be solely dependent upon performance on an isolated examination. In addition, this process closely parallels that followed by all other incoming Ph.D. candidates. (approved by unanimous vote of the faculty 5/4/95)
Upon entering the Ph.D. student establishes her/his degree study program in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. The student must complete the following:
1. A diagnostic qualifying oral interview during the first semester of study.
2. 49 units of coursework (up to 15 units of coursework may be transferred from the M.A.) A minimum of six units must be 600-level seminars. The student will complete 18 units in the primary area of specialization, 6 units in each of two distinct secondary areas, and 18 units of electives.
3. Present knowledge of Portuguese, Spanish, and English.
4. Pass a comprehensive examination partly written and partly oral, in the primary field of study and in two secondary fields of study.
5. Complete 18 doctoral dissertation units write and defend a dissertation.
In addition, all Graduate Associates in Teaching (GATs) in Spanish and Portuguese are required to complete a language teaching methodology course before or during their first semester of classroom teaching. This course counts as one of the student's electives for the Ph.D.
The courses in Brazilian literary studies would be chosen among the following:
PORT 500: Contemporary Luso-Brazilian and Lusophone African Literature
PORT 501: Luso-Brazilian literature up to 1900
PORT 530: Luso-Brazilian Culture and Civilization
PORT 549: Brazilian Literature in Film
PORT 563: Topics in Luso-Brazilian Literature (Possible topics include 20 th century Brazilian poetry, drama, novel and short fiction; linguistic analysis of literary texts, women's Luso-Brazilian literature)
PORT 599: Independent Studies in Portuguese.
The courses in Spanish-American literary studies would be chosen among the following classes:
SPAN 501: Introduction to Hispanic Studies
SPAN 530: Development of Spanish American Literature from the Pre-Columbian Period to Independence
SPAN 540: Development of Spanish American Nineteenth and 20 th Century Literature
SPAN 541: Topics in Spanish American Nineteenth and 20 th Century Literature
SPAN 550: Development of Mexican and Mexican American Literature
SPAN 551: Topics in Mexican and Mexican American Literature
SPAN 561: Topics in Hispanic Literature
SPAN 571: Topics in Literary Theory and Criticism
SPAN 696: Seminar
The students would also have the option to take a 3-unit course about Latin America at a different department. The options would be the following:
LAS 547: Latin American Political Development
LAS 562: Special Topics in Contemporary Latin America
LAS 567: Contemporary Latin America
LAS 695b: Modern Latin America: Brazil
LAS 696 J: Latin America: Modern Period
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is involved in numerous publication endeavors in field studies including The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies and Studies in Latin American Popular Culture . The Department has also hosted the Symposium on Portuguese for Spanish Speakers, and maintains a large and solid Portuguese Language Program. In addition, the Brazil Study Group, an interdisciplinary group of several scholars doing research in Brazil from numerous perspectives, sponsors guest-speakers, workshops, and several other academic activities related to Brazil.
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