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About the Programs

Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies

Our program in Literature and Cultural Studies emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach in which attention to primary texts and critical theory is combined with audiovisual, historical and philosophical perspectives so that students can develop their research skills to the fullest. Our faculty cover all traditional areas – Medieval, Early Modern, Modern Spain, Colonial Latin America, Modern Latin America, and Luso-Brazilian Studies – as well as less traditional or emerging fields such as Transatlantic/Transpacific Studies, and Film and Media Studies.

Spanish Linguistics

The Spanish Linguistics program, one of the strongest in the U.S., includes courses in Applied Linguistics, Semantics, Pragmatics, Syntax, Phonology, Dialectology, Lexicography, Textual Edition, Corpus Linguistics, and Sociolinguistics. The program is offered in close collaboration with the Department of Linguistics.

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Degrees Offered Anchor

Degrees Offered

  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.

Accelerated program (Georgetown Students only)

  • A.B./M.S.
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Admissions Requirements

For general graduate admissions requirements, visit the Office of Graduate Admission’s Application Information page. Review the program’s website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Optional: Statement on Diversity, Personal Background & Contributions
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit the Office of Graduate Admission’s Application Information page for additional details and FAQs.
  • Resume/CV
  • Writing Sample (in Spanish)
  • TOEFL/IELTS  (if applicable)
    • TOEFL = 80 minimum
    • IELTS = 7 minimum
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Application Deadlines

  • Fall:
    • December 15
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Degree Requirements

M.S. in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies

  • Thirty three credits
  • All master’s students must show reading proficiency in a language other than English or Spanish. The language requirement must be completed prior to submitting the Master’s qualifying paper.
  • First-year exam
  • Qualifying paper

Ph.D. in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies

  • Ph.D. students must have completed successfully the 11 courses required for Master’s candidates, as well as passed the first-year examination, completed the qualifying paper and received departmental approval to advance to the doctorate.
  • Complete four additional courses beyond the Master’s. Students with a Master’s from another institution may be required to take additional courses or pass the Master’s examination.
  • First-year evaluation
  • Two qualifying papers: qualifying paper during the fourth semester and a doctoral qualifying paper during the fifth semester
  • All Ph.D. students are required to teach under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
  • Completion of a dissertation

M.S. in Spanish Linguistics

  • Nine courses plus one elective in linguistics or a related area, such as philosophy, cognition, anthropology or bilingual education
  • Qualifying paper
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • All M.S. students must pass an oral proficiency exam in a language other than English or Spanish.

Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics

  • Students authorized to pursue the Ph.D. must complete six further content courses beyond the M.S. chosen in consultation with their graduate adviser for a total of 16 courses (48 credits) beyond the B.A. (excluding all enrollments in Thesis Research). At least three of these courses must be seminars, which are typically advanced courses in a field.
  • Prior to taking the Ph.D. examination students must demonstrate reading proficiency in a language other than English, Spanish and the one used to satisfy the language requirement for the Master’s degree.
  • A minimum grade of B+ on the graduate examination
  • Completion of a dissertation
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Connect with Us

Program Contact: spanport@georgetown.edu

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