Spanish and Portuguese
Head of the Department: Mariselle Meléndez
Director of Graduate Studies: Javier Irigoyen-García
4080 Foreign Languages Building
707 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Degrees Offered: M.A., Ph.D. (Please note: Until further notice, we are accepting applications only to the M.A. in Portuguese, not to the Ph.D.)
Degrees Offered: M.A., Ph.D.
Graduate Concentrations: Medieval Studies (available to all), Romance Linguistics (Ph.D.), Spanish Linguistics (M.A. only), Spanish Literatures and Cultures (M.A. only), Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (Ph.D. only)
Medical Scholars Program: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Spanish and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) through the Medical Scholars Program
Graduate Degree Programs
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers work leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish and Portuguese, and to a Concentration in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE). Fields of specialization are:
- Spanish linguistics
- Romance linguistics
- Spanish literature and cultural studies
- Latin American literature and cultural studies
- Luso-Brazilian literature and cultural studies
A graduate course in Catalan literature is available. Also, the department is affiliated with the Latina/Latino Studies Program. Students in the area of Latina/Latino studies may be able to work with experts in the other disciplines in Latina/Latino studies such as anthropology, history, political science, sociology, and so forth in order to design and complete a program of studies in a particular area.
The normal prerequisite for a graduate major is an undergraduate major in the corresponding Romance language or consent of the department. Students doing graduate work for any advanced degree in Spanish or Portuguese must possess a command of the language. Applicants should apply online (www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply) and submit a statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation and a writing sample of approximately 10-20 pages in the form of one or two papers, at least one of which must be written in Spanish or Portuguese (as applicable). Original transcripts (with English translations if applicable) showing all undergraduate and graduate work completed should also be uploaded. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required of all domestic applicants and should be submitted to institution code 1836. International applicants who have taken the GRE are encouraged to submit their scores as well. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and must score at least 88 on the internet-based test (iBT); they must also pass the speaking sub-section of the iBT with a minimum score of 24 (see www.grad.illinois.edu/Admissions/instructions/04c). Applications are accepted for fall admission only. Application questions may be directed to SLCL Graduate Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical Scholars Program
The Medical Scholars Program permits highly qualified students to integrate the study of medicine with study for a graduate degree in a second discipline. Students may apply to the Medical Scholars Program prior to beginning graduate school or while in the graduate program. Applicants to the Medical Scholars Program must meet the admissions standards for and be accepted into both the doctoral graduate program and the College of Medicine. Students in the dual degree program must meet the specific requirements for both the medical and graduate degrees. On average, students take eight years to complete both degrees. Further information on this program is available by contacting the Medical Scholars Program, 125 Medical Sciences Building, (217) 333-8146 or at www.med.illinois.edu/msp.
Centers, Programs, and Institutes
The option to pursue a concentration in SLATE (Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education) is available to doctoral students in the department's programs in linguistics. Candidates selecting this option are required to complete courses in linguistics, psycholinguistics/sociolinguistics, second language studies, and research methodology in addition to advanced study in linguistics of the particular language. For information about SLATE go to www.slate.illinois.edu.
Graduate Teaching Experience
Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, this department requires degree candidates to teach as part of their academic work. Such experience is considered a vital part of the graduate program. Non-native English speakers must first pass a test of their oral English ability (see www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/taengprof.htm).
The department offers financial aid (in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships) to all of the students it admits. Other kinds of fellowships and research support are also available on a competitive basis to qualified candidates; they include dissertation research and travel grants, conference travel grants, and summer fellowships.
Master of Arts
All students enrolled in the Spanish M.A. program must choose one of two concentrations: Spanish with concentration in Spanish Linguistics; or Spanish with concentration in Spanish Literatures and Cultures.
In addition to fulfilling the general requirements of the Graduate College, candidates for the M.A. in Spanish with concentration in Spanish Literatures and Cultures must pass a comprehensive examination based on coursework and a general reading list. Candidates for the M.A. in Spanish with concentration in Spanish Linguistics must complete a research paper in lieu of a formal comprehensive examination.
Areas of specialization offered in Portuguese are Luso-Brazilian literature and cultural studies. Detailed statements of the requirements for each specialization may be obtained from the department.
Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish
Doctor of Philosophy in Portuguese (Please note: Until further notice, we are accepting applications only to the M.A. in Portuguese, not to the Ph.D.)
|Coursework selected in consultation with advisor|
|SPAN or PORT 571 is required of all teaching assistants||4|
|Language Requirement: Students in all doctoral programs except SLATE must demonstrate reading proficiency in two languages besides the foreign language of specialization (not including English).|
|SPAN/PORT 599||Thesis Research (32 max applied toward degree)||32|
|Other requirements may overlap|
|Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall:||16|
|Masters Degree Required for Admission to PhD?||Yes|
|Qualifying Exam Required||No|
|Preliminary Exam Required||Yes|
|Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required||Yes|
|Dissertation Deposit Required||Yes|
Areas of specialization offered in Spanish are:
- Early Modern
- Modern and Contemporary Spanish (Iberian) Studies
- Latin American colonial studies and modern and contemporary Latin American studies
- Spanish linguistics (with various subfield specializations)
- Romance linguistics (with various subfield specializations)
We also teach Catalan and Basque.