Philology/Linguistics Course Requirements
The minimum requirements are: twelve credits in the major and six in each supporting field. Spanish 817-818 (Romance Philology) or 429 (Introduction to the Romance Languages) may satisfy course requirements in any of the three areas of concentration. A maximum of three credits of independent study (899) in each of the areas of concentration may be used, with prior departmental approval, when corresponding courses are not offered in a timely fashion. Additionally, majors in Peninsular Spanish must take 6 credits in Medieval Literature and 3 in Golden Age Literature; majors in American Spanish must take 6 credits in Colonial Spanish American Literature and 3 in Medieval Literature; majors in Applied Spanish Linguistics must take 3 credits in Modern Peninsular Literature, 3 in Modern Spanish American Literature, and 3 in Peninsular or Spanish American Literature. Course credits earned in the M.A. program, with the exception of Sp. 545, Sp. 702 (the proseminar), Sp. 323, Sp. 324 and any transfer credits used to satisfy M.A. requirements, do satisfy the Ph.D. course requirements.
A minimum of five semesters of seminars (at least two in the major) are required. At least four semesters of seminars are required beyond the M.A. One of these seminars may be taken outside the Department, with the adviser's consent. The proseminar is for MA students only and does not count for doctoral credit.
Three credits of course or seminar work is the minimal requirement in linguistic theory, which may be taken in another department of the University of Wisconsin (e.g., Linguistics, English).
Language Requirements. A knowledge of other languages is essential for doctoral research. Therefore, students are urged to fulfill the language requirements as early as possible in their doctoral studies. In any case, they must be fulfilled prior to the Preliminary Examination. Candidates in Hispano-Romance Philology/Linguistics must demonstrate competence in:
Latin (either 4 college semesters or the equivalent, or Latin 391-392 with a grade of B or better);
a grade of B or better in Portuguese 301, and in either Portuguese 302 or one advanced course or seminar above 302;advanced proficiency in one other Romance language, or Arabic 321-322 or its equivalent, or Hebrew 103-104 (Biblical Hebrew) or its equivalent, or Italian: attainment of a grade of A in either Italian 301 or Italian 201, with the understanding that Italian 201 does not count for graduate credit.
Candidates in Applied Spanish Linguistics, will replace section c) above with two courses in Research Design with a grade of B or better; the courses must be chosen in consultation with student's advisor. Advanced proficiency in a language is defined as six college semesters with a grade of B or better. An advanced pass on the U. W.-Extension Reading Knowledge Examinations in French and German for graduate students will be accepted as an alternative. Exceptions to the above policies may be petitioned by the adviser to the Departmental Committee.
Teaching Requirement. All candidates for the Ph.D. degree must teach courses in their language specialty within the Department (or teach courses outside approved by the Department) for a minimum of two semesters. Such teaching is for the purpose of professional training, and the candidate's performance will be monitored by course supervisors and the Departmental evaluation committee. The degree will not be conferred until this requirement has been satisfied. Please note the following requirements for teaching:
Spanish 545 or the equivalent is a requirement for teaching in the Department.
Since teaching is a requirement for the Ph.D., so then is Spanish 545 or the equivalent by virtue of item 1.
If a graduate student is appointed exceptionally for a semester or session when 545 is not being offered, the student will take the course the next time it is offered.
In special cases, students may be exempted from the requirement with prior written consent of the instructor of Spanish 545, in consultation with the chair.
Residency Requirement. Prior to taking the Preliminary Examination, the candidate must have taken a minimum of two semesters of six credits each in the Department. This does not include Independent Study.
Ph.D. Minor. The doctoral candidate must present a minor in work done outside of Spanish. The minor should be in an area related to the major field of interest. Linguistics, Portuguese, French, Italian are recommended for students in Description and Development of Peninsular or American Spanish; for students in Applied Spanish Linguistics, a minor in Second Language Acquisition, Educational Psychology, or Linguistics is recommended. Distributed minors must be approved by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Requirements for the minor are established by the respective department. Since the minor should complement the student's major area of concentration, the student should arrange his/her program with the minor department as early as possible in the doctoral career.