Spanish

Spanish: Introduction

Faculty 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 (Graduate Coordinator)
Colantoni, Laura - MA, PhD
Cuervo, M. Cristina - PhD
Davidson, Bob - 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 E. - BA, PhD
Rupp, Stephen - BA, MA, MA, MPhil, 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
Rivas, Victor - BA, AM, PhD
Sá Carvalho, Carolina - BA, MA, MPhil, PhD
Steele, Jeffrey - BA, MA, PhD
Zavala, Oswaldo - LHD, LHD

Spanish: Spanish MA; Field: Hispanic Literatures and Cultures

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.

The MA program is also available on a part-time basis. Applicants should be aware that part-time students are not eligible for funding.

Field: Hispanic Literatures and Cultures

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, 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

  • Students must select and specialize in one geographic area of study in accordance with distribution requirements for the field:

    • Latin American Literature and Culture.

    • Spanish Peninsular Literature and Culture.

  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete a total of 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 1.5 FCEs in their chosen geographic area of study.

    • 0.5 FCE in the other geographic area of study.

    • For students specializing in Latin American Literature and Culture, an additional 0.5 FCE in pre-1700 literature and culture.

    • 1.5 FCEs in electives in the student’s area of academic interest in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator. Up to one half course (0.5 FCE) may be taken outside the department from a cognate unit (for example, Comparative Literature; French Language and Literature; History; Linguistics; Medieval Studies; Women and Gender Studies).

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 MA; Field: Hispanic Linguistics

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.

The MA program is also available on a part-time basis. Applicants should be aware that part-time students are not eligible for funding.

Field: Hispanic Linguistics

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 linguistics, normally demonstrated through undergraduate coursework.

  • Applicants must have completed an introductory 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) in linguistics at the undergraduate level (LIN101H and LIN102H, or equivalent). Applicants who have not completed an introductory linguistics course as part of their undergraduate studies must complete LIN101H and LIN102H in the summer directly preceding their admission to the MA program.

  • 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

  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete a total of 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) at the graduate level as follows:

    • 1.5 FCEs in Hispanic Linguistics courses offered by the Department of Spanish.

    • 1.5 FCEs in linguistics courses offered by the Department of Linguistics. Students without a strong background in linguistics are encouraged to select from the following: LIN1028H, LIN1029H, LIN1031H, LIN1032H.

    • 0.5 FCE in linguistics courses offered by cognate units, with departmental approval (for example, French Language and Literature; Italian Studies; Linguistics).

    • 0.5 FCE elective in the student’s area of academic interest in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

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; Field: Hispanic Literatures and Cultures

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 degree. Students in the MA program in Spanish who would like to continue to the PhD must apply through the regular application process; there is no process for direct transfer from MA to PhD.

Field: Hispanic Literatures and Cultures

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

  • Students must specialize in one geographic area of study in accordance with distribution requirements for the field:

    • Latin American Literature and Culture.

    • Spanish Peninsular Literature and Culture.

  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete a total of 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs). Course selection is proposed to the Graduate Coordinator, who reviews and approves the plan in consultation with the faculty supervisor to ensure they relate to the proposed research area of the dissertation:

    • A minimum of 1.5 FCEs in their chosen geographic area of study.

    • 0.5 FCE in the other geographic area of study.

    • For students specializing in Latin American Literature and Culture, an additional 0.5 FCE in pre-1700 literature and culture if not previously completed at the master's level.

    • 0.5 FCE in Hispanic Linguistics, if not previously completed at the master's level.

    • Of the remaining coursework, up to 1.0 FCE may be taken outside the department from a cognate unit.

    • Students are expected to complete their coursework in Year 1. However, with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator, up to 1.0 FCE may be taken in Year 2.

    • Students must maintain a minimum average of A– in order to remain in good academic standing.

  • By March 25 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. In consultation with their committee, students must start their preparation for their field exams in the Summer session of Year 1.

  • 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 their 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 and statements, 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 the questions must be answered in Spanish, and at least one of the questions must be answered in English.

    • 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 written dissertation proposal to the Graduate Coordinator by April 25 of Year 2 of enrolment in the program. The written proposal articulates the topic, the research questions and methodology of the student's proposed research, and presents a sample of analysis, in approximately 25 pages double spaced. In addition, the proposal should include a bibliography, an outline of the dissertation, and a plan of action which associates the outline with activities of research and writing within a timeline for the three sessions per year. 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 their dissertation proposal (including the outline and plan of action) in a two-hour, public 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 their area of research. These language requirements may be satisfied by passing the appropriate reading knowledge courses or examinations offered by the corresponding departments of the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto (including the exams offered in-house by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese).

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

    • Native speakers of languages other than English and Spanish, who have received their formal education in that language (minimum of a high school diploma) may request an exemption for the third-language requirement.

  • Years 3 and 4 are devoted to researching and writing the doctoral dissertation. The Supervisory Committee must normally approve the complete draft of 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 PhD; Field: Hispanic Linguistics

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 degree. Students in the MA program in Spanish who would like to continue to the PhD must apply through the regular application process; there is no process for direct transfer from MA to PhD.

Field: Hispanic Linguistics

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

  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete a total of 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs).

    • Course selection is proposed to the Graduate Coordinator, who reviews and approves the plan in consultation with the faculty supervisor to ensure they relate to the proposed research area of the dissertation. Students are expected to select from available courses in Hispanic Linguistics and appropriate courses offered by cognate units (for example, French Language and Literature; Italian Studies; Linguistics). For the purpose of general academic preparation, each student must also choose courses in three other areas of linguistics to be chosen from those offered by the Graduate Department of Spanish (phonetics/phonology; morphology/syntax; sociolinguistics; acquisition [L2 or L1]) or by cognate units (e.g., semantics; psycholinguistics, computational linguistics).

    • 0.5 FCE in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures if not previously completed at the master's level.

    • Students are expected to complete their coursework in Year 1. However, with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator, up to 1.0 FCE may be taken in Year 2.

    • Students must maintain a minimum average of A– in order to remain in good academic standing.

  • By March 25 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. In consultation with their committee, students must start their preparation for their field exams in the Summer session of Year 1.

  • 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 their 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 and statements, 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 the questions must be answered in Spanish, and at least one of the questions must be answered in English.

    • 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 written dissertation proposal to the Graduate Coordinator by April 25 of Year 2 of enrolment in the program. The written proposal articulates the topic, the research questions and methodology of the student's proposed research, and presents a sample of analysis, in approximately 25 pages double spaced. In addition, the proposal should include a bibliography, an outline of the dissertation, and a plan of action which associates the outline with activities of research and writing within a timeline for the three sessions per year. 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 their dissertation proposal (including the outline and plan of action) in a two-hour, public 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 their area of research. These language requirements may be satisfied by passing the appropriate reading knowledge courses or examinations offered by the corresponding departments of the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto (including the exams offered in-house by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese).

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

    • Native speakers of languages other than English and Spanish, who have received their formal education in that language (minimum of a high school diploma) may request an exemption for the third-language requirement.

  • Years 3 and 4 are devoted to researching and writing the doctoral dissertation. The Supervisory Committee must normally approve the complete draft of 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.

Course Code Course Title
SPA1053H
History of the Spanish Language
SPA1080H
Descriptive Grammar of Spanish
SPA1082H
Sociolinguistics of Spanish
SPA1083H
Microvariation in Spanish
SPA1084H Experimental Approaches to Hispanic Linguistics
SPA1088H
Spanish Syntax
SPA1089H
Spanish Morphosyntax
SPA1090H
Second Language Speech Learning
SPA1091H
Second Language Acquisition of Portuguese and Spanish
SPA1092H
Portuguese and Spanish Semantics
SPA1093H
Linguistics in Spanish
SPA1094H
Spanish Bilingualism
SPA1101H
Topics in the Acquisition of Spanish
SPA1105H
Spanish Intonation
SPA2016H
Medieval Spanish Narrative
SPA2018H
Poetics of Early Drama
SPA2060H
Literature and Society of Castile in the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance
SPA2121H
Psychoanalysis and the Passions in Early Modern Literature
SPA2152H
Cervantes' Don Quixote
SPA2160H
Transatlantic Hispanic Baroque
SPA2284H
Narrative and Political Transition in Spain
SPA2291H
The Urban Experience in Spain
SPA2292H
New Ruralism and Spain
SPA2304H
Latin American Cinema
SPA2305H
Auteurism in Spanish Cinema
SPA2352H
Modern Spanish Drama and its Traditions
SPA2400H Topics in Latin American Cultural and Literary Studies
SPA2404H
The Latin American Novel
SPA2406H Latin American Narratives of Resistance
SPA2411H Latin American Icons and the Sensory Work of Objects
SPA2412H Disease Stories: Race, and Fears of Contagion in Latin America
SPA2415H
Disability and Latin American Cultural Production
SPA2424H
Spanish American Poetry and Poetics
SPA2425H
21st Century Latin American Art and Culture
SPA2428H Latin American Visual Culture
SPA2432H
Text and Image in Latin American Culture
SPA2802H
The Politics of Errantry in the Hispanic Caribbean
SPA2805H
Representations of Women in Latin American Culture
SPA2900H
Issues in Literary Theory and Hispanic Texts
SPA2905H
Latin American Cultural Theories
SPA2940H
Pursuing the Post-Revolution: Literature and Philosophy of Mexicanidad
SPA2947H
Transparency and Politics in Contemporary Mexican Literature
SPA3000H
Directed Research in Hispanic Literatures
SPA3300H Hispanic Literature and Linguistics Research Forum (Credit/No Credit)
SPA3400H Research Development (Credit/No Credit)
JOS5019H
Cervantes and Renaissance Humanism
JOS5029H Reading Cervantes
JRL1101H Topics in Romance Laboratory Phonetics and Phonology I: Theory