III. Integrated M.A./Ph.D. in Spanish

III.1.   General Requirements

The Ph.D. in Spanish requires a minimum of 80 graduate credit hours. For those who specialize in Hispanic Linguistics, 64 hours of graduate coursework in Hispanic Linguistics, plus 16 hours of a combination of Spanish 8193.02 (Ph.D. Exam Preparation) and 8999 (Research for Dissertation) will fulfill program requirements.  For those who specialize in Iberian Studies, Latin American Cultural and Literary Studies, or Inter-specialization Programs, 61 hours of graduate coursework plus 19 graduate hours of Spanish 8193.02 (Ph.D. Exam Preparation) and Spanish 8999 (Research for Dissertation) will fulfill program requirements.

A prior M.A. in the field may allow students to waive up to one year of coursework (6 courses), with a corresponding year less of funding.  These waivers will be determined by the Admissions Committee in consultation with the faculty at the time of admission, in order to determine the number of years of support in the offer letter.

When students are accepted with funding, they will be guaranteed a tuition award, stipend, and health insurance subsidy for 5 years (if the student is entering with a B.A.) or 4 years (if the student is entering with an M.A. that allows them to waive one year of coursework).  Students may receive an additional year of funding if the student is making reasonable progress.  “Reasonable progress” means that students who are awarded an additional year of funding must have progressed to a point so that there is a reasonable expectation that they can finish their Ph.D. by the end of that additional year. 

Minimum Hours. A minimum of 80 graduate credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree is required to earn a doctoral degree. If a master’s degree has been earned by the student, then a minimum of 50 graduate credit hours beyond the master’s degree is required. If the master’s degree was earned at another university, it must be transferred to this university. Of the 50 post-master’s hours, at least 24 graduate hours must be taken at this university. A student must be registered for at least three graduate credit hours during the semester(s) or summer term(s) of the candidacy examination, the semester or summer term of the final oral examination, and the semester or summer term of expected graduation.

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III.2.   Course Requirements

III.2.1.  Program in Iberian Cultural and Literary Studies

Common Courses (3 courses, plus Graduate Workshops, 19cr). Required:

  • Spanish 7801 (3cr): College Teaching of Spanish and Portuguese, is required of all new GTAs
  • 2 Theory courses (6cr): Spanish 6700, Spanish 8800, or another course with a primary theory component in SPPO
  • At least 10 semesters of Graduate Workshops (10cr), including Spanish 8894: Colloquium (1cr); Spanish 8890: Publication Workshop (1cr); Spanish 8892*: Dissertation Workshop (1cr)

Program Courses (14 courses, 42cr):
Must include at least nine courses organized around a major field and one or two minor fields defined by the student in consultation with the advisor, and approved in the Preliminary Program of Study.
Must include 3 courses to satisfy breadth requirement:

  • Students concentrating on literature and culture after 1700: 3 courses in pre-1700 literature and culture
  • Students concentrating on literature and culture before 1700: 3 courses in post-1700 literature and culture

May include courses outside of Iberian Studies, with the approval of the advisor. 
Up to 2 courses may be taken outside of SPPO to fulfill program requirements, with the approval of advisor. 
TOTAL: 17 courses / 61 graduate credit hours toward degree requirements

III.2.2.  Program in Latin American Cultural and Literary Studies

Common Courses (3 courses, plus Graduate Workshops, 19cr). Required:

  • Spanish 7801 (3cr): College Teaching of Spanish and Portuguese, is required of all new GTAs
  • 2 Theory courses (6cr): Spanish 6700, Spanish 8800, or another course with a primary theory component in SPPO
  • At least 10 semesters of Graduate Workshops (10cr), including Spanish 8894: Colloquium (1cr); Spanish 8890: Publication Workshop (1cr); Spanish 8892*: Dissertation Workshop (1cr)

Program Courses (14 courses, 42cr):
Must include at least nine courses organized around a major field and one or two minor fields defined by the student in consultation with the advisor, and approved in the Preliminary Program of Study.
Must include 3 courses to satisfy breadth requirement:

  • Students concentrating on literature and culture after 1900: 3 courses in pre-1900 literature and culture
  • Students concentrating on literature and culture before 1900: 3 courses in post-1900 literature and culture

Up to 2 courses may be taken outside of SPPO to fulfill program requirements, with the approval of advisor. 
TOTAL: 17 courses / 61 graduate credit hours toward degree requirements 

III.2.3.  Program in Hispanic Linguistics

Common Courses (9 courses, plus Graduate Workshops, 37cr). Required:

  • Spanish 7801 (3cr), College Teaching of Spanish and Portuguese, is required of all new GTAs
  • Core courses in SPPO at the 7000/8000 level (8 courses, 24cr): a) Phonetics and Phonology (2 courses); b) Syntax and Semantics (2 courses); c) Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics (2 courses); d) Historical Linguistics (1 course) e) Psycholinguistics and Applied Linguistics (1 course)
  • At least 10 semesters (10cr) of Spanish 8893: Colloquium (1cr); Spanish 8891*: Publication and Dissertation Workshop in Hispanic Linguistics (1cr)

Field Courses (7 courses, 21cr):

  • Major field (12cr):  Area of primary concentration (4 courses)
  • Minor field (9cr):  Area of secondary concentration (3 courses)

Major and Minor Fields are defined by the student in consultation with the advisor, and approved in the Preliminary Program of Study.  

Electives (2 courses, 6cr): Graduate-level course(s) in Portuguese with linguistic content may count for Electives and fulfill the language requirement. 
No more than 4 courses may be taken outside of SPPO to fulfill program requirements, unless approved by the advisor. 
TOTAL: 18 courses / 64 graduate credit hours toward degree requirements

III.2.4.  Inter-Specialization Programs in Spanish and Portuguese

For students with clearly defined interests that cross programs, such as Latino Language, Literature, and Culture; Andean Studies; Luso-Brazilian Studies; Early Modern Iberian and Colonial Latin American Studies.

Common Courses (3 courses, plus Graduate Workshops, 19cr): Required:

  • Spanish 7801 (3cr): College Teaching of Spanish and Portuguese, is required of all new GTAs;
  • 2 Theory courses (6cr): Spanish 6700, Spanish 8800, or another course with a primary theory component in SPPO
  • At least 10 semesters (10cr) of Graduate Workshops, including Spanish 8893 or 8894: Colloquium (1cr); Spanish 8890: Publication Workshop  (cr); Spanish 8892*: Dissertation Workshop (1cr)
  • Program Courses (42cr) (14 courses):

Must include at least eleven courses organized around two major fields, or a major field and two minor fields, defined by the student in consultation with the advisor, and approved in the Preliminary Program of Study.

Must include 2 courses to satisfy breadth requirement:

  • Students concentrating on literature and culture after 1900: 2 courses in pre-1900 literature and culture
  • Students concentrating on literature and culture before 1900: 2 courses in post-1900 literature and culture

Up to 2 courses may be taken outside of SPPO to fulfill program requirements, with the approval of advisor. 

TOTAL: 17 courses / 61 graduate credit hours toward degree requirements

S/U option: Up to 4 courses (3cr each, outside of major field; no more than 1 course per semester) may be taken for an S/U grade.  To receive an S, students will generally be expected to complete all course requirements except for the final paper or research project.

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III.3.   Language Requirement

All programs require reading knowledge or basic competence in TWO languages other than English and Spanish:

  • One of these languages will be Portuguese, unless a student chooses another language that is directly relevant to their area of research, in which case the advisor will inform the Director of Graduate Studies with a short note explaining the choice.
  • The second language should also be pertinent to the student’s chosen area of research.

This requirement may be fulfilled in a number of ways:

  • by passing Portuguese 1103 or 5502 (or their equivalents) with a grade of B or better;
  • by passing Quechua 5503 (or its equivalent) with a grade of B or better;
  • by passing Catalan 5502 (or its equivalent) with a grade of B or better;
  • by passing 1103 or 5102 (or their equivalents) in another language with a grade of B or better;
  • by a translation exam administered by another department at OSU, unless a student chooses to translate into Spanish, in which case the exam will be administered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. This option is only available if a qualified faculty member is willing to administer the exam, and it must be arranged by the student well in advance of the examination date with the Director of Graduate Studies;
  • by previous language instruction, for which students must petition the Graduate Studies Committee with a detailed explanation, documentation (e.g., transcript, syllabus), and a statement from the advisor;
  • by native competence, for which students must have a qualified OSU faculty member submit written confirmation to the Director of Graduate Studies.

Students are encouraged to use the summer to complete the language requirement.

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III.4.   Research Portfolio and application for graduation with an M.A.

III.4.1.  Research Portfolio

Students who enter the program with a B.A. will typically complete their Research Portfolio in the Spring Semester of their second year. With the approval of their advisor, students who enter the program with an approved M.A. may complete this requirement in the Spring Semester of their first year. The Research Portfolio is submitted by week 7 of the Spring Semester to an Advisory Committee consisting of the student’s advisor and two additional faculty members, and it is discussed in the Advising Meeting (1-2 hours in length), which will be held by week 12 of the Spring Semester. The Research Portfolio is a requirement for all the students in the integrated MA/PhD program. 

The Research Portfolio should contain the following elements:

  • A Preliminary Program of Study (PPOS), signed by the student’s advisor, which includes:
    • A current Curriculum Plan.
    • A description and short rationale for the student’s intended Major Field and Minor Field or Fields for the Candidacy Exam.
  • A summer reading list of about 20 works related to the Major and/or Minor Field(s).  (Not required for students in Hispanic Linguistics.) The purpose of the summer reading list is to guide the student’s preparation towards the candidacy examination, and it should include readings that will help the students further their research in the fields.
  • A Research Paper of approximately 20-25 pages in length. Typically, the Research Paper will have begun in a course and been subsequently revised with a broader academic audience in mind and with a clear articulation of how its argument and methodologies fit within ongoing conversations in the relevant field or fields.  The student should be working toward potential publication of the project, and/or toward its integration into her or his dissertation. The Research Paper must be presented at a colloquium (SPAN 8893/8894) before the Advising Meeting.

After the Advising Meeting, the Advisory Committee will determine, based on the paper, presentation, and demonstrated progress in coursework, if the student will be allowed to continue in the doctoral program; if they are not allowed to continue, the Committee will determine if the student should be granted a terminal M.A. degree. 

III.4.2.  Application for graduation with​ an M.A.

The Department strongly encourages all students in the Integrated M.A./Ph.D. program to apply to graduate with an M.A. degree, prior to submitting their Research Portfolio. This option might be useful for students that started with a B.A. Students with M.A. degrees from other institutions or departments within OSU are also encouraged to apply. Students wishing to obtain an M.A. degree need to submit an Application to Graduate via gradforms.osu.edu to the Graduate School no later than the third Friday of the semester in which graduation is expected, even if they plan to continue in the Ph.D. program.

M.A. graduation requirements are the following:

  • A minimum of 30 graduate credit hours.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Research Portfolio and Advising Meeting

More details on M.A. degree graduation requirements can be found in Section VI the Graduate School Handbook.

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III.5.   Candidacy Examination

The Candidacy Examination is administered by the Advisory Committee, which is chaired by the candidate’s Advisor, who must be of Category P status. The Advisor has the responsibility for coordinating both the written and oral portions of the Candidacy Examination. The Advisory Committee includes, in addition, a minimum of three other Graduate Faculty members; of these, at least two must be of Category P status and at least two must be faculty members of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

The Candidacy Examination should take place after the fulfillment of all course and language requirements. If any of these requirements have not been completed before the semester of the Candidacy Examination, the student should petition in writing to the Graduate Studies Committee for an exception. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies for more information about this petition. Students should go over their curriculum plans with the Director of Graduate Studies before the beginning of the semester planned for the exam to make sure that all of the requirements have been fulfilled. Students need to submit Application for Candidacy via gradforms.osu.edu and have this approved by the program and their advisor at least two weeks before the oral's proposed date. The oral examination must take place during announced university business hours, Monday through Friday.

III.5.1.  Final Program of Study

The Final Program of Study must be submitted to the Advisory Committee at least 6 weeks before the Candidacy Examination is scheduled. The Final Program of Study must include the following components:

  1. A completed Curriculum Plan.
  2. A brief description and rationale for the student’s Major Field of study and finalized reading list*. The description should be limited to about one single-spaced page. Typically, the Major Field will be an academic job category.  The reading list should both provide coverage of the broad field and locate the student’s specific interests within it
  3. A brief description and rationale for the student's Minor Field of study and finalized reading list*. A student may have two Minor Fields with the approval of the advisor. This description should also be limited to about one single-spaced page.
  4. A concise statement of the student’s teaching experience thus far, and plans for future teaching in the department.
  5. A concise timeline for the completion of all requirements and graduation.

*The reading list is not required for students in Hispanic Linguistics.

III.5.2.  Dissertation Prospectus

The Dissertation Prospectus (a minimum of 15-20 double-spaced pages, plus bibliography) must be submitted to the committee at least two weeks before the oral portion of the Candidacy Examination. The purpose of this document is to provide a detailed description of the scope and methodology of the proposed dissertation, as well as a bibliography of those works that will be utilized in the writing of the dissertation. The Dissertation Prospectus should:

  1. state the problem that the candidate proposes to solve;
  2. explain the significance of the project and its relation to current scholarship in the field;
  3. describe the candidate’s current knowledge of the subject;
  4. indicate the direction his or her investigation will take;
  5. reflect his or her familiarity with relevant bibliographical materials and critical methods
  6. include an outline of the organization and structure of the work, with some explanation of what the various sections might contain.

The specific form that the prospectus takes is a matter that is worked out between the candidate and the Advisor. At the very least, it should contain sections addressing the following:

  1. Abstract: The abstract is a paragraph (200-500) describing the proposal so that the general academic reader who is unfamiliar with the topic can understand it.
  2. Discussion of the research objectives and significance of the project: This section presents the research problem and/or working hypothesis, explains why the problem is important in the field, and discusses how this study relates to other work in the field in general and to the candidate’s own prior research.  It requires a brief review of the existing literature on the topic to place the formulation of the problem in the context of research on the topic or text to date. The approach should be synthetic and critical, and not just enumerative and descriptive.
  3. Substantial description of the theoretical framework and methodology of the study: This section describes the theoretical and/or analytical applications used to achieve the research objectives.  It first proposes the corpus, data or text base and the method of collection and/or selection, and then sets forth the approach or approaches to be used in studying the basic materials, dividing the research task into sequences and establishing a hypothetical calendar for completing them.  
  4. An outline of the organization and structure of the dissertation, with some explanation of what the various sections will contain
  5. Expectations and summary of preliminary conclusions: This section specifies the results expected from the study and what the most important conclusions of the project are likely to be. It serves as a recapitulation of the significance and need for the study.
  6. Selective Bibliography: This section lists the publications with greatest relevance to the proposed study and/or referred to in the proposal.

III.5.3.  Written Portion of the Candidacy Examination

For students in Iberian Studies and Latin American Cultural and Literary Studies, the written portion of the Candidacy Exam consists of a take-home examination of 4 days (96 hours) duration, in which the student will compose two essays in response to two questions, one of which is dedicated to the student’s Major Field and one of which is dedicated to the student’s Minor Field or Fields. The student will typically select from among four to six questions (two in each field) prepared by the Advisory Committee. The total response must be no longer than 25 double-spaced pages in a 12-point font.

For students in Hispanic Linguistics, the written portion of the Candidacy Exam consists of two publishable research papers, one in the student’s Major Field and one in the student’s Minor Field.

For students in an Inter-Specialization Program, the written portion of the Candidacy Exam will follow one of the formats described above as determined by the examination committee.

III.5.4.  Oral Portion of the Candidacy Examination

The oral portion of the Candidacy Exam must follow no sooner than one week but within two weeks (i.e., 7-14 days) after the written portion is turned in. The oral exam lasts two hours, and addresses: the reading lists of the Major Field and Minor Field or Fields (except for students in Hispanic Linguistics); the written portion of the exam; and the Dissertation Prospectus.  At least thirty minutes of the oral exam will be dedicated to the Dissertation Prospectus.

The student may pass the Candidacy Exam but may be required to make changes to the Dissertation Prospectus. A final version of the Dissertation Prospectus must be submitted to the Advisory Committee, the Director of Graduate Studies within two weeks of the oral portion of the Candidacy Examination.

Failure of the Candidacy Examination occurs if the Committee considers either of the following to be the case: A) the written and/or oral portions of the exam indicate that the candidate is not ready to proceed to a dissertation, owing to insufficient knowledge of the field; B) the candidate is insufficiently focused on the dissertation project, which makes it unlikely that he or she will be able to finish the dissertation in a timely manner. In case of failure, the Committee can specify the nature of a repeat examination. 

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III.6.   Dissertation

III.6.1.  Purpose

The dissertation is a scholarly contribution to the candidate’s area of specialization.  It should demonstrate knowledge of the field of study, the ability to work independently, and the capacity to make an original contribution to scholarship. The argumentation should be clearly and convincingly presented and should be supported with appropriate critical discourse. The dissertation may be written in either English or in Spanish.

III.6.2.  Dissertation Committee

The Dissertation Committee is composed of the student's Advisor, who must be a category P Graduate Faculty member, and a minimum of two other Graduate Faculty members, at least one of whome must be a faculty member of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The Advisor serves as the dissertation director and chair of the Dissertation Committee. The candidate, in consultation with the Advisor, decides on the composition of the Dissertation Committee. This must be done no later than four weeks following the Candidacy Examination. The committee should be formed so as to provide appropriate advice and support to the candidate in the development of the dissertation. The various members may or may not be the same as those who served on the Advisory Committee for the Candidacy Examination. 

III.6.3.  Writing the Dissertation

 Once the prospectus has been approved the candidate may proceed with the completion of the dissertation. During the writing of the dissertation, the Dissertation Committee provides the candidate with advice and guidance, as appropriate and necessary. Naturally, the major guidance on the dissertation remains in the hands of the Advisor who keeps the other members of the Committee informed about the progress of the dissertation and submits the annual narrative report on the candidate. If there are major changes in scope, topic or methodology that substantially modify a dissertation, the initial prospectus procedure must be repeated, and the revised prospectus must be submitted to the Dissertation Committee. During all stages in the completion of the dissertation, effective communication between the Advisor and the other committee colleagues is essential.

III.6.4.  Dissertation Draft Approval and Scheduling the Final Oral Examination

At the beginning of the semester that the student plans to defend their dissertation and graduate, an Application to Graduate must be submitted via gradforms.osu.edu by 12:00 noon on the Wednesday preceding the third Friday of that same semester. This application needs to be approved electronically by the Advisor, the Director of Graduate Studies and the SPPO Chair by the third Friday, the established Graduate School deadline. The student must be enrolled for at least three graduate credit hours during the semester in which the examination is taken. 

To schedule the final exam the student must submit an Application for Final Examination on gradforms.osu.edu and have this approved by each dissertation committee member at least two weeks before the proposed defense date. In order for the members to approve this application, they need to have seen and approved a draft of the dissertation. A dissertation committee member’s approval of the dissertation draft means that the committee member judges it to be of sufficient merit to warrant holding the final oral examination. If the dissertation draft merits the members’ approval, then they can approve the Application for Final Examination. Note that in order to ensure that the readers have sufficient time to read the dissertation and that the candidate has sufficient time to make requested changes in the manuscript, the provisional complete draft must be in the hands of the Dissertation Committee no later than four weeks before the oral defense. 

Format Review. At the time the Application for Final Examination is submitted, the student must submit the complete, word-processed dissertation draft to the Graduate School for format review at the time the Application for Final Examination form is submitted. The dissertation must conform to Graduate School format requirements as described in the Guidelines available on the Graduate School website.

Once the Final Oral Examination is scheduled, the Dean of the Graduate School appoints the Graduate Faculty Representative. The Graduate Faculty Representative is a Category P Graduate Faculty member who is neither a faculty member in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese nor a member of the Dissertation Committee. It is the responsibility of the candidate to deliver a copy of the complete, typed dissertation to the Graduate Faculty Representative no later than one week before the final oral examination.

After the final oral examination committee has been approved by the Dean of the Graduate School and the Graduate Faculty Representative has been assigned, the Report on Final Examination and Report on Final Document are made available to the examination committee. The final oral examination must take place during announced university business hours, Monday through Friday.

III.6.5.  Final Oral Examination

The Final Oral Examination tests originality, independence of thought, the ability to synthesize and interpret, and the quality of research presented. It includes but is not limited to discussion of the dissertation and the specific field of investigation on which it is based. The examination lasts approximately two hours, and is open to the public. The examination begins with a succinct presentation of the dissertation research by the student, followed by at least one hour of discussion of the research and questions of and answers by the student.

Video Conferencing. All examinations involving video conferencing must adhere to the Graduate School’s guidelines for video conferencing in Appendix B

III.6.6.  Final Oral Examination Committee

The Final Oral Examination Committee is composed of the student’s Dissertation Committee, plus the Graduate Faculty Representative.  In addition to being a full voting member of the Final Oral Examination Committee, the Graduate Faculty Representative reports to the Graduate School a judgment of the quality of the examination, the dissertation, and the student’s performance. It is expected that every candidate will have sufficient knowledge of both English and Spanish to be able to conduct the examination in either language.  The student is responsible for requesting that the Graduate Faculty Representative have adequate reading competency in Spanish if the dissertation is written in that language. The Advisor serves as chair of the Final Oral Examination Committee.

All members of the Final Oral Examination Committee must be present during the entire oral examination.  All committee members are expected to participate fully in the questioning and the decision on the result.

III.6.7.  Result of the Final Oral Examination

The candidate is considered to have completed the Final Oral Examination successfully only when the decision of the Final Oral Examination Committee is unanimously affirmative. Each examiner indicates judgment by signing the Final Oral Examination Report form that must be submitted to the Graduate School no later than the posted deadline for the semester of graduation. 

Should the Graduate Faculty Representative cast the only negative vote, or find that the examination does not meet the required standards, the examination should be halted and referred to the Graduate School for review. The examination may then be rescheduled without prejudice to the candidate once the issues raised by the Graduate Faculty Representative have been satisfactorily resolved.

 If the examination is judged unsatisfactory, the Final Oral Examination Committee must decide whether the student will be permitted to take a second Final Oral Examination, and must record that decision on the Final Oral Examination Report form. If a second examination is held, the Final Oral Examination Committee must be the same as the original one unless a substitution is approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. No student is permitted to take the Final Oral Examination more than twice.

On written appeal by the student or a member of the Final Oral Examination Committee, the Policy and Standards Committee of the Council on Research and Graduate Studies reviews the Final Oral Examination to ensure its conformity to Graduate School rules and to determine if it was conducted fairly and without prejudice to the candidate.

After successfully passing the examination, a definitive version of the revised dissertation must be approved by the members of the Dissertation Committee.  The committee members indicate their approval by signing the form Final Approval of Dissertation form, which must be submitted to the Graduate School no later than one week before commencement. At this time, the student must also submit to the Graduate School the definitive version of the dissertation, along with an abstract of 350 words. All dissertations are required to be submitted electronically in PDF format. Return to Top

 

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