General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30
|Non-advanced (5000-level) courses 1||12|
|Advanced (8000- and 9000-level) courses 2||18|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
Twelve credits is the maximum number that a student may take of 5000-level coursework.
Eighteen credits is the minimum number that a student may take of 8000- and 9000-level coursework.
Language Examination: Students must pass a written reading-comprehension examination in a foreign language other than Spanish. Examinations are usually taken in the Romance languages or German. Other languages may be accepted with approval.
The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to evaluate the breadth and depth of students' knowledge of the discipline. Students must write a four-hour written comprehensive examination based on a customized reading list agreed on through consultation with three faculty members from the three course fields within the department: Spanish Peninsular Literature, Spanish American Literature, and Hispanic Linguistics. The examination is taken after the student fulfills the 30-credit course requirement and passes the reading-comprehension exam in a language other than Spanish or English.
All examinations must include representation from each of three course fields: Spanish Peninsular Literature, Spanish American Literature, and Hispanic Linguistics. Graduate Faculty from each of the three fields write the questions and evaluate responses on a scale of "A" to "F." To be evaluated as passing, a grade of "B-" or higher must be achieved in response to each examination question.
Comprehensive examinations are administered once a term. They are scheduled by the Graduate Chair, with whom students must register.