COVID-19 Admissions Alert

In response to the disruptions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic and out of special concern for our currently enrolled graduate students, the Spanish faculty has decided to pause admissions to all three of the Spanish graduate programs offered by the Department of Romance & Classical Studies at Michigan State University, including the PhD in Hispanic Cultural Studies, the MA in Hispanic Literatures and the MA in Spanish as a Second or Bilingual Language. This one-year pause will enable us to devote our attention to supporting our current students. Graduate training and research are central to the mission of our department and we expect to re-open admissions for the 2022-23 academic year beginning next September. While we do not pause admissions lightly, in these uncertain times we are committed to extending additional resources to foster our current students’ success and wellbeing. Please contact grad@rcs.msu.edu if you have any questions between now and next September. 


Ph.D. in Hispanic Cultural Studies

For a list of all pertinent forms for graduate students, please see this page.

The Ph.D. program in Hispanic Cultural Studies prepares students in the literatures, languages, and cultures of the Hispanic world. Students who are enrolled in this program will select a primary and a secondary area of emphasis, and may elect an emphasis in interdisciplinary studies.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Hispanic Cultural Studies prepares students in the literatures, languages, and cultures of the Hispanic world. Students who are enrolled in this program will select a primary and a secondary area of emphasis, and may elect an emphasis in interdisciplinary studies, comparative literature, or Romance languages and literatures.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and the College of Arts and Letters, students must meet the requirements specified below.

  • Complete at least 24 credits at the 800 level and above.
  • Complete the following seminar course:
    • SPN 807 Critical Theory (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrate a reading proficiency in two languages other than Spanish that have a body of literature or criticism relevant to the student’s area of specialization.
  • Teach at least one college-level course in Spanish.
  • Pass comprehensive examinations.
  • Submit a 15-20-page prospectus of the final dissertation project and a preliminary bibliography to the guidance committee.  The dissertation prospectus is to be defended during the oral examination.
  • Submit a dissertation based on original research.
  • Successfully defend the dissertation to the dissertation committee.

See the Spanish Graduate Student Handbook, section “Ph.D. in Hispanic Cultural Studies” for additional information.