PhD in Hispanic Studies


Program Description: The Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies offers opportunities for collaboration that connect research and teaching to local and global communities. Our specialties are Digital Humanities, and Interdisciplinary and Interartistic approaches (Film, History, Literature, Music, Visual Arts and Cultures, and Women’s Studies). Students in the program have the opportunity to pursue a collaborative specialization


1. The Interdisciplinary Approaches to Hispanic Studies Colloquium directly connects students to experts in the field of Hispanic Studies through guest lectures and workshops. Students learn to critically read, question, and comment on the latest research. During the first year in the program, students are required to attend all sessions. During subsequent years, students are required to attend 75% of the sessions each year.

2. There are two mandatory courses and a bi-weekly yearly colloquium. The Graduate Seminar in Research Methods and Professionalization develops the professional foundations of scholarship (the CV, abstracts, literature and book reviews, grant applications, project proposals, public presentations, and information systems).

3. Principles of Language Teaching and Acquisition provides students with a strong pedagogical foundation that is put into practice in the language courses that are offered at the undergraduate level.

4. All of our students gain valuable hands-on teaching experience in our undergraduate program. The majority is responsible for instructing their own Spanish languages courses, some work closely with professor-mentors as Teaching Assistants. Many of our students are directly involved with community-engaged learning initiatives locally and abroad.

Instead of comprehensive examinations, Ph.D. students work with a supervisor to design, develop, and defend two courses. These requirements replace traditional comprehensive examinations. The objectives are two-fold: 1) Students demonstrate their depth and breadth of knowledge; 2) Students improve their teaching capacities through the development of unique courses that can be useful in the job market.

The publication of a peer-reviewed article is a program requirement. With the support of professor-mentors, students contribute to scholarly discussions in Hispanic Studies during their time at UWO. Academic publications are especially beneficial to students who decide to pursue academic careers post-graduation.

For specific Ph.D. program requirements, click here

PhD students are encouraged to pursue the activities and workshops organized by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies through the Own Your Future program.

Our program is viewed as a unique opportunity for immersion in the multi-faceted field of Hispanic Studies. We conceive our program as an intense and fruitful period of research, teaching, and training that brings together students and professors. Our Hispanic Studies Ph.D. students are global citizens who are valued for their research and teaching contributions, and who are collaborators in professional partnerships of national and international benefit.


Please note that we are not currently accepting students into the PhD in Linguistics.