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The School of International Letters and Cultures offers a graduate program leading to a PhD in Spanish. The program trains students for entrance into the academic profession (teachers and scholars) as well as for professions outside of academia. The Spanish doctoral program offers three literature tracks and one linguistics track.
The tracks in literature promote the study of the production, distribution and reception of texts, either written or visual (photographs, films, visual narratives, etc.); study of their linguistic, rhetorical and literary structures and functions; and study of the internal and external forces shaping literature, with an emphasis on literary theories and cultural studies. Many literature courses explore issues relating to gender, class, race, ethnicity, globalization, post-human theories and digital humanities.
The linguistics curriculum provides advanced interdisciplinary graduate training in three focus areas: second-language acquisition and teaching methodologies; heritage language research and heritage language pedagogy; and sociolinguistics, bilingualism and Spanish in the U.S.