Spanish

Spanish: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Facul​ty Affiliation

Arts​ and Science

Degree Programs

Spanish

MA and PhD

  • Fields:
    • Hispanic Linguistics;
    • Hispanic Literatures and Cultures​​

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

Overview

The Department of Spanish offers graduate programs leading to two degrees: Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. MA and PhD students specialize in one of two fields:

  • Hispanic Linguistics

  • Hispanic Literatures and Cultures.

Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies and must also satisfy the department's requirements stated below. In all cases, programs must be approved by the department.

The application process for the Master of Arts program is competitive; meeting the minimum standards for admission does not guarantee acceptance.

The admissions process for the Doctor of Philosophy program is competitive; it is based on a number of factors in addition to grades. The principal factors include the ability of the department to offer graduate work in the applicant's preferred areas of interest, the availability of appropriate supervisory resources, and the suitability of the applicant in relation to the academic profile and programs of the department. The department does not allow direct entry to the PhD program with a BA, nor does it allow MA students to transfer to the PhD program before the coursework for the MA is completed.

Contact and Address

Web: www.spanport.utoronto.ca
Email: spanport@chass.utoronto.ca or spanish.graduate@utoronto.ca

Telephone: (416) 813-4080 or (416) 813-4082
Fax: (416) 813-4084

Department of Spanish
University of Toronto
Victoria College
Room 208, 91 Charles Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K7
Canada

Spanish: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Antebi, Susan - AM, PhD
Colantoni, Laura - MA, PhD
Cuervo, M. Cristina - PhD
Davidson, Robert - BA, AM, PhD
Iglesias, Yolanda - BA, BA, MA, PhD
Jagoe, Eva-Lynn - BA, MA, PhD
Munjic, Sanda - BA, AM, PhD
Perez-Leroux, Ana Teresa - MA, PhD (Chair and Graduate Chair)
Rodriguez, Nestor - BA, PhD
Rupp, Stephen - BA, MA, MPH, MA, PhD
Sarabia, Rosa - BA, PhD

Members Emeriti

Burke, James - BA, MA, PhD
Ellis, Keith A.A. - BA, PhD
Glickman, Robert - AB, AM, PhD
Gulsoy, Joseph - BA, BA, MA, PhD
Leon, Pedro - BA, MA, PhD
Neglia, Erminio - BA, MA, PhD
Percival, Anthony - BA, MA, PhD
Skyrme, Raymond - BA, MA, PhD
Webster, Jill - BA, MA, PhD

Associate Members

Ramirez-Salazar, Manuel - BA, MA, PhD
Steele, Jeffrey - BA, MA, PhD

Spanish: Spanish MA

Master of Arts​

Program Description

The application process for the Master of Arts program is competitive; meeting the minimum standards for admission does not guarantee acceptance.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Spanish's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in Spanish or a cognate discipline from a recognized university.

  • Fluency in spoken and written Spanish with a general background in Hispanic literature and/or linguistics, normally demonstrated through undergraduate coursework.

  • Applicants apply online and should arrange for electronic submission of the following materials:

    • ​​​a one-page statement of purpose, outlining the applicant's areas of interest (in English)

    • a sample of written work in Spanish (10 to 12 pages)

    • two letters of recommendation, ideally in English (one of the letters must comment on the applicant's fluency in Spanish)

    • a curriculum vitae in English.

Program Requirements

  • 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) at the graduate level.

  • MA students specialize in one of two fields:

    • Hispanic Linguistics

    • Hispanic Literatures and Cultures.

  • The specialization requires that each student complete coursework in accordance with distribution requirements for each field, defined in terms of the various areas of the graduate curriculum.

  • With departmental approval, courses may be taken in a cognate unit (e.g., Comparative Literature, French, History, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Women's Studies).

  • It is the department's expectation that full-time students will complete all program requirements in one academic year. The MA program is also available on a part-time basis. Applicants should be aware that part-time students are not eligible for funding.

  • Students in the field of Hispanic Linguistics must have completed an introductory course in linguistics (LIN 100Y or an equivalent course). Students who have not completed LIN 100Y as part of their undergraduate studies must take this course in the summer directly preceding their admission to the MA program.

Program Length

2 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W);
6 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

Spanish: Spanish PhD

Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The admissions process for the Doctor of Philosophy program is competitive; it is based on a number of factors in addition to grades. The principal factors include the ability of the department to offer graduate work in the applicant's preferred areas of interest, the availability of appropriate supervisory resources, and the suitability of the applicant in relation to the academic profile and programs of the department.

The department does not allow direct entry to the PhD program with a BA, nor does it allow MA students to transfer to the PhD program before the coursework for the MA is completed.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Spanish's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Master's degree from a recognized university in an appropriate discipline with an average of A– or higher. Applicants apply online and should arrange for electronic submission of the following material:

    • ​​​​a one-page statement of purpose, outlining the applicant's areas of interest (in English)

    • a sample of written work in Spanish (10 to 12 pages)

    • two letters of recommendation, ideally in English (one of the letters must comment on the applicant's fluency in Spanish)

    • a curriculum vitae in English.

Program Requirements

  • PhD students specialize in one of two fields:

    • Hispanic Linguistics

    • Hispanic Literatures and Cultures​.

  • Coursework. Students must complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs). It is expected that students will complete the required coursework in Year 1. However, with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator, up to 1.0 FCE may be taken in Year 2. Each field has distribution requirements.

  • By March 15 of Year 1, each student must seek approval from the Graduate Advisory Committee for the proposed area of his/her dissertation and the membership of the Field Examination Committee (normally the proposed dissertation supervisor and two other members of the graduate faculty). The Graduate Advisory Committee will respond in writing by May 1 of the same year. The final decision in this matter rests with the Graduate Advisory Committee.

  • The field examination centres on two subfields: the subfield of the student's proposed dissertation research and a subfield relevant to the student's research and general preparation.

  • By October 1 of Year 2, each student must submit to the Graduate Coordinator a brief statement (three to four pages double-spaced) concerning the primary and secondary subfields for the field examination and two reading lists (one for each subfield). Each reading list should consist of 25 to 30 items and should include primary and secondary sources. The student's Field Committee will review this material and meet with the student to indicate revisions or additions to the reading lists. The student must file final copies of the two reading lists, as approved by the committee, with the Graduate Coordinator by November 1.

  • The field examination will take place between January 15 and February 15 of Year 2. It has two parts: a written examination of six hours and an oral examination of two hours. Each part will cover the primary and secondary subfields that the student has prepared. The written examination will consist of three questions, at least one of which must be answered in Spanish. The oral examination will follow two weeks after the written exam; it will normally be conducted in Spanish, although English may be used to accommodate committee members from cognate units. The Field Committee will grade the two parts of the examination together, on a credit/non-credit basis. A student who does not receive credit on the first attempt must retake both parts of the examination by May 10.

  • Each student must submit a dissertation proposal on the research questions and methodology of his/her proposed research (20 to 25 pages double spaced, plus a bibliography) to the Graduate Coordinator by April 25 of Year 2 of enrolment in the program. The proposal should be written in the language that the student intends to use in writing the dissertation (Spanish or English). Each student must defend his/her dissertation proposal in a two-hour oral examination to be held by May 15, normally conducted in the language of the student's proposal. The student's Field Committee will grade the written proposal and the oral examination on a credit/non-credit basis. A student who does not receive credit on the first attempt must revise and resubmit the dissertation proposal by September 15 of Year 3 of enrolment and retake the oral examination on the proposal by October 15 of that year.

  • Language requirements must be fulfilled before registering for Year 4. Each student must demonstrate a reading knowledge of French and of a third non-English language relevant to his/her area of research. These language requirements may be satisfied by passing the appropriate reading knowledge examinations offered by the various departments of language and literature at the University of Toronto.

  • Significant prior training in a language (such as an undergraduate major or minor) will also be accepted as demonstration of reading knowledge.

  • Years 3 and 4 are devoted to researching and writing the doctoral dissertation. The Supervisory Committee must normally approve the dissertation before the candidate can proceed to the Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Students fulfil the residence requirement by being registered as full-time on-campus and must reside in sufficient geographical proximity to enable them to fulfil the requirements of the program in a timely fashion. They are also expected to participate fully in departmental activities. While writing the dissertation, candidates are expected to be in residence, with the exception of absences for research purposes and approved leaves.

Program Length

4 years full-time

Time Limit

6 years full-time

Spanish: Spanish MA, PhD Courses

Most graduate courses are offered in a regular rotation. As a result, only a subset of the courses that appear in this calendar entry will be available in a given academic session. A list of offered courses is posted on the department's website.

SPA 1053H
History of the Spanish Language
SPA 1080H
Descriptive Grammar of Spanish
SPA 1082H
Sociolinguistics of Spanish
SPA 1083H
Microvariation in Spanish
SPA 1088H
Spanish Syntax
SPA 1089H
Spanish Morphosyntax
SPA 1090H
Second Language Speech Learning
SPA 1091H
Second Language Acquisition of Portuguese and Spanish
(prerequisites: PRT 320Y1, PRT 219Y1, SPA 320Y1, or SPA 219Y1)
SPA 1092H
Portuguese and Spanish Semantics
SPA 1093H
Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
SPA 1094H
Spanish Bilingualism
SPA 1097H
Second-Language Teaching and Methodology
SPA 1101H
Topics in the Acquisition of Spanish
SPA 1104H
Experimental Approaches to Sound Variation and Change
SPA 1105H
Spanish Intonation
SPA 1150H
Directed Research in Hispanic Linguistics
SPA 2016H
Medieval Spanish Narrative
SPA 2018H
Poetics of Early Drama
SPA 2052H
Graphic Legacy of Celestina: Visual Culture and Social Studies
SPA 2060H
Literature and Society of Castile in the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance
SPA 2121H
Psychoanalysis and the Passions in Early Modern Literature
SPA 2135H
Aspects of Picaresque in 16th and 17th Century Spanish Prose
SPA 2150H
Defining Journeys in the Spanish Empire
SPA 2152H
Cervantes' Don Quixote
SPA 2160H
Transatlantic Hispanic Baroque
SPA 2284H
Narrative and Political Transition in Spain
SPA 2291H
The Urban Experience in Spain
SPA 2292H
New Ruralism and Spain
SPA 2304H
Latin American Cinema
SPA 2305H
Auteurism in Spanish Cinema
SPA 2352H
Modern Spanish Drama and its Traditions
SPA 2404H
The Latin American Novel
SPA 2415H
Disability and Latin American Cultural Production
SPA 2424H
Spanish American Poetry and Poetics
SPA 2425H
21st Century Latin American Art and Culture
SPA 2432H
Text and Image in Latin American Culture
SPA 2802H
The Politics of Errantry in the Hispanic Caribbean
SPA 2805H
Representations of Women in Latin American Culture
SPA 2900H
Issues in Literary Theory and Hispanic Texts
SPA 2905H
Latin American Cultural Theories
SPA 2940H
Pursuing the Post-Revolution: Literature and Philosophy of Mexicanidad
SPA 2947H
Transparency and Politics in Contemporary Mexican Literature
SPA 3000H
Directed Research in Hispanic Literatures
JOS 5019H
Cervantes and Renaissance Humanism