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, Linguistics, and Interartistic and Interdisciplinary Approaches (Film, History, Literature, Music, Visual Arts and Cultures, and Women’s Studies). Ph.D. candidates choose between concentrations in Linguistics or Literature and Culture. Students in the program have the opportunity to pursue a collaborative specialization

Features: There are two mandatory courses. The Graduate Seminar in Research Methods develops the professional foundations of scholarship (the CV, abstracts, literature and book reviews, grant applications, project proposals, public presentations, and information systems).

The Transatlantic Studies Seminar 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.

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, and some have the opportunity to teach unique courses of their own design. 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.

Publishing a peer-referred study 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.

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Outcomes: Of those students who stay in academia, our program graduates have had higher than average success in securing tenure-track positions. Some of our graduates find contract positions, and others have transitioned to non-academic employment.  The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has launched a new program for all PhD students to further their professional development.  This program is called Own Your Future.

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.