The Ph.D. program in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at UCLA offers an exciting and challenging education in research, writing, and teaching. The department supports a range of critical and theoretical approaches, and it encourages interdisciplinary work that takes advantage of UCLA’s many strengths across departments. Students take a broad distribution of courses in literature, linguistics, culture, film, and theory, followed by a rigorous specialization in their chosen field of study. Fields of study include Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Studies; Luso-Brazilian Literature and Studies; Latin American Literature and culture; Iberian Literature and Culture; Transatlantic Studies; and Spanish and Portuguese Linguistics.
Alongside Spanish and Portuguese, graduate students have the opportunity to study such languages as Catalán and Quechua offered at our department. All students are trained in pedagogy, and they teach a variety of undergraduate courses in language, literature, and culture. Several have received university-wide Distinguished Teaching Awards over the past few years. Faculty work closely with graduate students, mentoring them from their acceptance into the program until their job placement.
The Ph.D. program in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at UCLA offers an exciting and challenging education in research, writing, and teaching to our graduate students. The academic strength and range of our faculty allow us to cover a broad spectrum of academic fields. We have a distinguished program in Portuguese, ranging from colonial to film studies, and a strong Spanish and Portuguese Linguistics Program that focuses on formal linguistics and on the development and the sociolinguistic situation of the Spanish language in the Americas and in the US. Early Modern Studies is an interdisciplinary, transatlantic field, with strong ties to the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Center for 17th & 18th Century Studies. Our Peninsular Studies faculty cover such areas in their research and teaching as nation-building, gender theory, literary and cultural studies, and new media. Our Latin American section, with support from the vibrant UCLA Latin American Institute, has strengths throughout the region in literature and film: in the Southern Cone, Mexico, the Andean region, and the Caribbean.
Through joint appointments, cross-listed courses, and co-sponsored talks, our faculty also works closely with other departments on campus such as Linguistics, Sociology, Anthropology, Art History, Chicana/o Studies, Comparative Literature, Digital Humanities, Gender Studies, History Education and others that support specific interests of our students and help expose them to other approaches and disciplines. Interdisciplinary research groups at the Latin American Institute, the Center for 17th & 18th Century Studies, Multicampus Research Units (MRUs), Chicano Studies Research Center, among others, have been instrumental in emphasizing the importance of collaborative and comparative approaches to international area studies, and have been regularly co-organized by faculty and graduate students from the Department, such as the different iterations of Caribbean Studies groups, The Comedia in Translation and Performance, the Latin American Film and Media Studies, the Travel, Translation and Circulation in Latin America, and The UC-Cuba Academic Initiative. The Centro de Estudios del Español de Estados Unidos (CEEEUS) allows students to do research and discuss issues related with the situation of the Spanish language in the US and the Centro de Estudios Coloniales Iberoamericanos (CECI) sponsors projects, colloquia, and publications with active participation of our graduate students.
The department is also committed to showcasing new scholarly approaches to the discipline, and to creating a space for exhibiting and discussing new cultural productions. The Lectures and Symposia Committee ensures that we maintain a dynamic speaker series each year, covering all of our major fields. Over the past few years, we have also sponsored several international film series, as well as symposia on subjects such as Spanish Civil War documentaries, the cultures and politics of memory and human rights in post-dictatorship Argentina, the poetics of literary translation, and international art/photo and research library exhibits. Each year the department sponsors a Distinguished Alumni Lecture and the prestigious Matthews Lecture, and it frequently hosts renowned visitors for short periods as Regents Lecturers.
Our graduate students are particularly active in organizing events and series within the Department. The Motus Sodalis series showcases works-in-progress by our own students; the Annual Graduate Student Conference, which grows in size and ambition with each year, brings in graduate students from across the country. The graduate-run journal, Mester, is indexed in the MLA bibliography, and has recently placed its archive online; it provides students with invaluable experience as editors and reviewers, and also offers space for in-depth interviews with visiting speakers. The graduate students have also published several issues of an experimental creative journal, Párrafo. The Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Students’ Association organizes a wealth of cultural events throughout the year, and is represented at all regular department meetings and on departmental committees. Finally, for a sense of the work being done by graduate students in the department, we maintain a list of recent and current dissertation titles from our PhD alumni. Our department has had considerable success in placing its graduates in tenure-track jobs.
We hope you will contact us with any questions you may have; we would be delighted to tell you more about our program.