Graduate Division

Spanish Ph.D.

Section 1

Overview

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a Ph.D. degree in Spanish with a specialization in Spanish, Spanish-American, or U.S. Latino literatures.
 
The program integrates period and genre studies with work in Critical Theory, Linguistics, Socio-historical Studies, and Cultural Studies. We seek to professionalize Ph.D. candidates not as narrow specialists but rather as scholars and critics acquainted with a diverse range of fields.
 
The Department has traditionally been committed to excellence in teaching, both in regard to faculty performance and in the preparation of its graduates.

What Sets Us Apart?

A unique combination of beautiful natural surroundings and thriving cultural life makes of Irvine an ideal place to undertake graduate studies. Our program enables students to develop their own path of research in an environment that is diverse and conducive to intellectual enrichment.

  • Spanish graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of the many interdisciplinary opportunities afforded by the School of Humanities. Graduate emphases in the programs in Critical Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Visual Studies and Latin American Studies are available. Other emphases may be designed with the approval of the Guidance Committee.
  • All accepted students receive financial aid under the form of fellowships and TAships. Additionally, there is a range of small fellowships funded by the School of Humanities available to all graduate students in the different programs of the School. Typically, these fellowships allow students to participate in regional, national or international conferences, to engage in sustained research outside UCI or devote time to the writing of their dissertation.
  • The Department hosts a wide range of cultural and scholarly activities, enabling graduate students to meet and interact with leading critics, writers and filmmakers. Among other events, we host a Distinguished Speaker Series, a Conference on Mexican Studies, a Film Forum and a Latin American Film Festival. Additionally, a number of international scholars stay at UCI sponsored by our department, their presence is an important enrichment of our cultural life.

Quick Facts

Program Type

Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

7 years

Capstone Type

Dissertation

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

All students seeking admission into the Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Program (M.A., Ph.D.) required to take the GRE.

Requests for application materials can be emailed to Courtney Hemenway (chemenwa@uci.edu), Graduate Coordinator. The Graduate Program Director for the Graduate Program is Professor Viviane Mahieux.

On-Line Application website: http://www.grad.uci.edu/admissions

The following items are also required:

  • Application Fee – This payment must be paid by credit card only; checks will no longer be accepted.
  • Personal History Statement – This will be required by all students.
  • Transcripts – Applicants must upload unofficial transcripts for all institutions attended since high school.  If an applicant is admitted, official transcripts will be requested only from the institution(s) were a degree was earned and we will direct them to mail it to the Graduate Division office.
  • If your transcripts are in an language other than English, a official translated copy must be submitted.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation – Letters must be uploaded digitally; paper LORs will not be accepted.
  • Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Scores:

    Information on the GRE may be obtained from most colleges and universities, including UCI, or from:


    The Graduate Record Examination, Educational Testing Service (ETS),
    P.O. Box 6000,
    Princeton, NJ 08541-6000;

    Telephone: (609) 771-7670
    Select Institution Code#R4859 for UCI.

All applicants whose primary language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English for admission consideration. However, this requirement will be waived automatically for applicants who have received an advanced degree from an accredited U.S. college or university. Proficiency in English may be demonstrated by passing one of two standardized, internationally administered tests: TOEFL (the Test of English as a Foreign Language); or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The applicant should take one of these tests at the earliest available date to ensure that the scores are reported in time to meet application deadlines.


A minimum seven (7) page sample of work written in Spanish that a) demonstrates original critical prospective, b) develop coherent line of argument, c) demonstrate the ability to organize paper properly, and d) possess appropriate research skill for primary and secondary sources.


Demonstration of English Language Proficiency for Teaching Assistant/Associate Employment (not required for admission): International and U.S. Permanent Resident graduate students who are not citizens of countries where English is either the primary or dominant language as approved by the UCI Graduate Council, who wish to be considered for appointment as a Teaching Assistant or Teaching Associate, must pass an approved oral English proficiency examination. There is no exception to this requirement. Oral English proficiency may be demonstrated by achieving a score of at least: 26 on the Speaking component of the TOEFL iBT; 8 on the Speaking component of the Academic Modules of the IELTS.

Financial Support

Students accepted into the Graduate Program receive a financial aid package that allows them to live and study at UCI. A description of the different type of financial aid can be accessed here.

Additionally, there is a range of small fellowships funded by the School of Humanities available to all graduate students in the different programs of the School. Typically, these fellowships allow students to participate in regional, national or international conferences, to engage in sustained research outside UCI or devote time to the writing of their dissertation.

The Spanish department provides small fellowships for conference travel. Additionally, starting in their second year students have the opportunity of teaching summer courses to supplement the University stipend.

Applications for fellowship opportunities inside the School or the department are normally announced via email. Information is also available in the Humanities Commons section of the School of Humanities website.

All fellowships and financial opportunities administered by the School of Humanities and the Spanish Department are competitive. Admittance into the program does not guarantee access to this funding.

Grants and Fellowships
(All fellowships are based on funding availability)

Diversity Fellowship

Diversity Fellowship is designed for domestic graduate students from cultural, linguistic, geographic and socio-economic backgrounds who would otherwise not adequately be represented in graduate education. This fellowship is also based on student’s merit and his/her contribution to the diversity of their discipline/graduate program.

For entering students:

Dean’s Fellowship

This award is designed to aggressively recruit distinguished Ph.D. and M.F.A. students who are entering the first year of graduate study. Superior qualifications and academic record required. The Dean’s Fellowship for Ph.D. students includes a stipend of $16,000, all regular student fees, and the payment of nonresident tuition, if applicable, for the first year of study. Students may also receive a subsequent three-year eligibility for TA support from the Department (appointment dependent on availability of funds and the needs of the Department’s instructional program). In addition, the student is offered priority housing in one of the on-campus housing facilities.

Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship

This is a two-year award for outstanding entering Ph.D. students. Students who receive this award should be released from employment obligations during the fellowship years. The Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship for Ph.D. students includes $18,000 in stipend over a period of nine months, a summer stipend of $3600, and student fees. The second award year is offered in the third or fourth year and includes $18,000 in stipend over a period of nine months, a summer stipend of $3600, and student fees.

Graduate Opportunity Fellowship

The Graduate Opportunity Fellowship for entering Ph.D. students includes $18,000 in stipend over a period of nine months, a summer stipend of $3600, and student fees.

For continuing students:

Faculty Mentor Program

The award is for third- or fourth-year Ph.D. students who have not advanced to candidacy. The distinct purpose is to assist recipients in acquiring and developing advanced research skills under faculty mentorship. At the end of the year, it is expected that the student mentee will have developed a substantial research paper worthy of publication in a scholarly journal. This award includes a $18,000 in stipend paid over a period of 9 months) plus student fees and are eligible for up to $500 for conference presentation travel expenses.

President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship

The Dissertation Year Fellowship is intended for students who are in their final year of graduate school and who are planning to start teaching and research appointments soon after the end of their dissertation fellowship year. The fellowship is open to all doctoral candidates who are advanced to candidacy at the time of nomination, and are within one year of completing the dissertation. The award includes $18,000 in stipend (tenure: 9 months), registration fees, and $500 research/travel allowance to support visits to other universities for presentation of dissertation research. Dissertation fellows are required to present a seminar on their dissertation research twice during the program year: once at an appropriate department/group function at UCI and once at a UC, CSU, or independent California university. President’s Dissertation Fellows and their faculty mentors are required to participate in the Fall Conference hosted by UCOP at UC Berkeley.


Research and Travel Grants

$500 is available to students invited to present a paper at a conference (pending available funding). Acceptance letter and department approval are required. Awards are up to $500 per trip (maximum of 2 trips per academic career).

Summer Dissertation Fellowship

Summer Dissertation Fellowship will be awarded to students who have been Advanced to Candidacy and who have not received a Summer Dissertation Fellowship before. The stipend will be somewhere between $1,000 and $2,500, depending on the number and impressiveness of the nominees. The call for nominations can be in winter or spring.

Teaching Assistantships

The Department offers teaching Assistantships to qualified candidates for the, MA/PhD, and Ph.D. degrees. This award covers health insurance and partial student fees plus a stipend of approximately $5,556.50 per quarter. Teaching Assistantship does not cover non-resident tuition. Renewable with good standing, satisfactory academic progress toward degree objective, and according to the number of quarters of support already received from the Department. Teaching appointments are for one quarter, two quarters, or an academic year, and are self-terminating. Prior to advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D., the total length of service rendered by a graduate student may not exceed four years (12 academic quarters). After advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D., a graduate student may be appointed for an additional 6 quarters. A 19th quarter will not be approved. All applicants whose primary language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English for admission consideration. However, this requirement will be waived automatically for applicants who have received an advanced degree from an accredited U.S. college or university. Proficiency in English may be demonstrated by passing one of two standardized, internationally administered tests: TOEFL (the Test of English as a Foreign Language); or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The applicant should take one of these tests at the earliest available date to ensure that the scores are reported in time to meet application deadlines.

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Ana Maria Amar Sanchez, Ph.D. University of Buenos Aires, Professor Emerita of Spanish and Portuguese


Luis Avilés, Ph.D. Brown University, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese; European Languages and Studies (Golden Age literature and critical theory)


Anne J. Cruz, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor Emerita of Spanish and Portuguese


Lucia G. Cunningham, Ph.D. University of Kansas, Professor Emerita of Spanish and Portuguese


Ivette Hernandez-Torres, Ph.D. Brown University, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese


Horacio Legras, Ph.D. Duke University, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese


Viviana A. Mahieux, Ph.D. Harvard University, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese


Santiago Morales-Rivera, Ph.D. Harvard University, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese; European Languages and Studies (contemporary Spanish intellectual history, literature and culture)


Gonzalo Navajas, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese; European Languages and Studies (eighteenth through twentieth-first century Spanish literature and intellectual history, film, critical theory, cultural criticism, creative writing)


Dayle S. Nunez, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese


Hector H. Orjuela, Ph.D. University of Kansas, Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese


Julian I. Palley, Ph.D. University of New Mexico, Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese


Armin Schwegler, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese; Linguistics


Jacobo Sefami, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese


Julio R. Torres, Ph.D. Georgetown University, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese; Linguistics (heritage languages, second language acquisition)


Juan Villegas, Ph.D. University of Chile, Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese


Zidia O. Webb, M.A. Michigan State University, Lecturer with Security of Employment Emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese

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