University of California, Irvine

School of Humanities

Spanish and Portuguese - PhD


UC Irvine Graduate Division

University of California

Irvine, CA 92697

United States


(949) 824-5544


(949) 824-7993

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD in Spanish w/ possible MA on the way

Format: Campus

Program Description:

UC Irvine's Department of Spanish and Portuguese  offers a comprehensive programs of study  leading to the PhD in Spanish.  Students will study the following topics:  Spanish, Spanish American Literature, Chicano/Latino Literature and Cultures of the United States. The faculty are concerned with the nature of literature and the methods used to interpret it. The program integrates literary theory, linguistics and socio-historical studies to explore the relations between literature, history, philosophy, ethnic discourses &  Women's Studies.  Coursework will reflect a critical interest in theoretical & multidisciplinary perspectives and provide opportunities for personal research. Additionally,  students are encouraged to pursue studies in other disciplines in the School of Humanities & the Interdisciplinary Program in Critical Theory.

For the PhD Degree, a minimum of 20 courses beyond the BA or 10 beyond the MA are required. One course in linguistics (diachronic or synchronic), and one graduate course in Luso-Brazilian literature are required at the PhD level.  The remaining elective courses prepare the doctoral student for their comprehensive examination and dissertation. Students entering the PhD program with their Master's degree from another institution, likely will have some of their Master's courses accepted after review by the PhD student guidance committee..

While working towards the PhD, students entering with a BA will enroll in Master's level coursework in Spanish designed to expose the beginning graduate student to all periods of peninsular, Latin American, and Chicano/Latino literature and culture.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

International Student Requirements:

All applicants whose primary language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English for admission consideration. However, this requirement will be waived automatically for applicants who have received an advanced degree from an accredited U.S. college or university. Proficiency in English may be demonstrated by passing one of two standardized, internationally administered tests: TOEFL (the Test of English as a Foreign Language); or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The applicant should take one of these tests at the earliest available date to ensure that the scores are reported in time to meet application deadlines.

Facts & Figures

In State Tuition (per year): 14944 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 30046 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Tuition assistance is available through student loans

Locale: Midsize City

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