Information Session
Elena García-Martín
LNCO 1313
 Spanish M.A
 Class requirements/Road Map
 MA exams/Format/Strategies
 Student progress
 Spanish Ph.D
 Supervisory Committee
 Class requirements/Language
 Exams/Dissertation
 Fellowships
 Q&A
Class requirements
Our MA students take a minimum of 10 department courses,
including the following core courses listed under CLCS:
Required Courses:
 I. CLCS 6600: Introduction to Research and Bibliography
 II. One (1) of the following Literary Theory and Criticism courses:
CLCS 6760: Literary Theory and Criticism: Antiquity to Early
CLCS 6761: Literary Theory and Criticism: Romanticism to
Early 20th Century
CLCS 6762: Literary Theory and Criticism: Contemporary
 III. A minimum of seven (7) courses in your language area
 IV. Students with a TAship are also required to take LANG 6410 in
the first semester
Comprehensive MA Exams
 The Comprehensive examinations will not be for the
purpose of reviewing course material, but will be
concerned with the broader aspects of Spanish and
Spanish-American literature.
 Students are expected to be able to trace the
developments of genres, make connections between
movements, apply historical background of literary
periods to individual texts, and demonstrate an ability
to employ critical, analytical, and interpretive thinking in
addressing literature. Correspondingly, it is expected
that students be able to make their own critical
Format MA exams
All candidates will take a uniform comprehensive examination based on
the MA reading lists revised in Spring 2008. Students may bring the
following items with them to the exams: a dictionary, scratch paper, and a
bland disk or CD-ROM.
Students will select 3 areas out of the 6 listed on the official MA Reading
List, with the following conditions:
At least one area must represent the period before 1700
At least one area must represent the period after 1700
At least one list must cover Peninsular Literature
At least one list must cover Latin American Literature
Students will inform the Spanish Graduate Advisor in writing of her/his
exam areas by October 30th. Once the student has expressed these
preferences, no changes will be allowed. Written exams are 3 hours long
and proctored over the course of 2 days. Within 1-2 weeks after the
written exams an oral defense will complete the MA examination process.
All exams will take place in March.
 The MA reading list covers fields that may not have
been included in the student’s formal program of study.
It is assumed that the candidate will consult:
 a standard History of Spain, a History of Latin America
 the usual manuals of Spanish literature
 critical texts covering the various periods.
 Students are also encouraged to read recent and
specialized criticism and not to rely exclusively on
literary manuals, guides, and histories for background
 Professors who teach courses in the various periods
may be consulted for advice in preparation for these
Exam strategy
 Print out reading list and start reading a
year before exam.
 Read complete list, then read it again.
 Get a couple of sample questions and
write answers. Check with your advisor
 Go back to step #2
MA Exit Options: completing
your degree
 Non-Thesis and Thesis Options: The nonthesis option is preferred. However, the
Committee may, after discussing the matter
with the student, recommend the thesis-option.
 Comprehensive and Final Exam: Each
student must pass both a Comprehensive and
Final Exam; the form of these exams differs
according to the thesis or non-thesis option.
Non-Thesis and Thesis
 Non-Thesis Option: A written Comprehensive Exam and an Oral
Final Exam at or near the completion of coursework. The written
Comprehensive Exam will be based on the department's reading
lists, individualized to cover several areas of a particular student's
primary interests (as shown, in part, through courses taken). The
oral Final Exam will be an oral defense of the written
Comprehensive Exam answers.
 Thesis Option: Two oral exams. The first is the Comprehensive
Exam which will focus on the student's coursework and thesis
proposal; it will be given at or near the completion of coursework.
The second is the Final Exam which will be a public oral of the
student's completed MA thesis.
Student progress
 First Year MA/MALP Student Progress & Continuation
Report. Every student is assessed by its section in the
following areas:
1. Written work (argumentation, use of evidence, use of
theory, etc.).
2. Linguistic competency (if applicable).
3. Commitment to the program (attendance, preparation,
participation, etc.).
4. Teaching performance (Coordinator’s assessment)
5. Professionalism (appropriateness & demonstration of
professional conduct).
Spanish Ph.D.
 Goals, description
 Academic Advising and Supervisory
 Course Requirements
 Language Proficiency
 Preliminary (Comprehensive) Exam
 Dissertation and Final Exam
Ph.D. in Spanish: goals
 The Spanish PhD program offers advanced study in
the fields of Latin American and Peninsular literary and
cultural studies. PhD students have the opportunity to
work closely with the Spanish faculty, which is
especially rich in the fields of U.S. Latino and Border
Studies, Subaltern Studies (gender, indigenous,
postcolonial) and Transatlantic Studies, as well as the
genres of theatre, performance and poetry.
Throughout the PhD program, students are
mentored in establishing career goals and in
networking with the wider research community in order
to improve employability. Through rigorous
coursework, students are taught to work both
independently and co-operatively towards expressing
original and critical ideas.
During the first semester of graduate work, the Director of
Graduate Studies, in conjunction with the Spanish Section
Coordinator, will be the student's academic advisor. At the
beginning of this semester, the student is to consult with and get
the written approval of both, which will be placed in the
student's department file, for all course work to be taken during
that semester. By March 1 of the student's first year (if
matriculated in the Fall), the student will form a 5-member
Supervisory Committee, in consultation with the DGS. At least
one member of this Committee must be from outside the
department of Languages and Literature. From then on, the
Chair of the Supervisory Committee will be the student's
advisor in planning her/his academic program, the examination,
and in the direction the Ph.D. dissertation.
Course Requirements
 Students must take a minimum of 10 courses
beyond the M.A. degree, including:
1. One additional core course under CLCS chosen from
CLCS 6760, 6761, or 6762, Literary Theory and
Criticism of CLCS Trends
2. A minimum of eight additional SPAN courses
3. One additional course listed under Spanish or
Comparative literary and cultural Studies (chosen from
CLCS 6620 through 7900 but excluding 6880, 6970,
and 6980). Some of these courses may be replaced
by allied field courses, depending on the student's
special interests and the Supervisory Committee's
Course Requirements
1. IV. Ph.D. Students who are also TFs (Teaching
Fellows) must attend a week-long teacher-training
session immediately before each Fall Semester.
TFs must also take Lang 6410 (Fall) if they were
not enrolled in this or a similar course while
studying for the MA.
2. V. A minimum of 14 semester hours of thesis
research (7970)
Language Proficiency
 Students must prove "Standard
Proficiency" in two languages other than
English and Spanish, or "Advanced
Proficiency" in one language other than
English and Spanish. Completion of the
MA Language Proficiency requirement
will satisfy part of this language
Preliminary (Comprehensive)
Ph.D. Exam
 This examination tests the student's mastery of the major and
the two supporting fields. It must be taken after course
 The written part of the examination consists of questions given
to the student one week prior to the actual writing of the
examination. There may be one or two questions required from
each field of studies. Questions will require: exegesis of
primary works, extensive dialogue with key critical issues and
interpretations, the comparison of works (genres, periods, etc.),
applied literary theory, and so forth.
 The oral portion will be scheduled approximately a week after
the written exam. The oral exam allows examiners to expand
on areas of doubt from the written exams and to probe areas not
included in the written exams
Exam results
 The candidate will receive a grade of pass or
fail in each area. Failure in the major area will
automatically mean failure for the entire
examination. A deficiency in one supporting
field may be removed by passing a written
examination in that field at the time of a
subsequently scheduled Preliminary
Examination. Failing both supporting fields
means that the entire examination must be
Dissertation and Final Exam
 After the Qualifying Exam, the candidate will submit a
written dissertation proposal to her/his Committee for
its approval. Upon completion of the dissertation and
preliminary approval by the Committee, the candidate
will make a public oral defense of the dissertation,
which constitutes the "Final Exam." The purpose of the
Final Exam is to demonstrate the student's ability to
expound upon and defend the "thesis" of her/his
 The dissertation and the Qualifying/Final Exams'
questions and answers will be in the language(s)
agreed upon by the student and the Committee
(normally English and/or Spanish)
 Teaching, Research and Graduate
 Fellowship & Scholarship Award Information
 Marriner S. Eccles Graduate Fellowship
 Graduate Research Fellowship
 Steffensen Cannon Scholarship
 University Teaching Assistantships
 Additional Fellowship Information
University Teaching Assistantships
($15,000 plus tuition*).
 For full-time graduate teaching assistants (firstyear graduate students are not eligible).
Departments may use the University Teaching
Assistants in a variety of ways to enhance
undergraduate teaching and graduate student
development. *Award will qualify the student
for the university's tuition benefit program,
provided all other tuition benefit program
criteria are met (including term limits). 12-15
awards given annually. Due: *February 2, 2010
announce_10.pdf *
Marriner S. Eccles Graduate
Fellowship ($15,000 plus tuition).
 For U.S. citizens who are full-time graduate
students pursuing research in banking,
business, education, finance, humanities, law,
social sciences, and its impact on relationships
among politics, public policy and the economy;
renewable for one year. 5 to 7 awards given
annually. Due: January 25, 2010.
 Marriner S. Eccles 2010 Announcement
 Marriner S. Eccles 2010 Procedures and
Graduate Research Fellowship
($15,000 plus tuition*).
 For full-time graduate students who are conducting research or
creative projects and who are pursuing the terminal graduate
degree in their departments. All qualifying examinations must be
successfully passed prior to the beginning of the academic year of
the award; non-renewable. *Award will qualify the student for the
university’s tuition benefit program, provided all other tuition
benefit program criteria are met (including term limits). 12-15
awards given annually. Due: January 15, 2010.
 Graduate Research Fellowship 2010 Announcement and Procedures
 Graduate Research Fellowship 2010 Application
Steffensen Cannon Scholarship
($10,000: UG, $15,000: G).
For graduate and undergraduate students in the
Colleges of Education and Humanities as well as for
direct descendants of Ellen Christina Steffensen
Cannon. Also for secondary education (particular in
mathematics and science) and early childhood
education students who will be in the teacher
certification program in the Graduate School of
Education by the beginning of the academic year of the
award; award includes tuition for graduate students
only; renewable one year. 12-15 awards given annually.
Due: February 13, 2010.
Additional Fellowship Information
Languages and Literature
Warren D. Fishburn Jr. Scholarship
for Modern Languages
 Open to all full-time (defined as 12 credit hours)
resident, junior, senior or graduate students who have
attended the University of Utah for at least one year
and have declared a major in one of the following
modern foreign languages: French, German, Russian,
or Spanish.
 Eligibility: Recipient must maintain the language
major and hold no other scholarships. One year full
resident tuition and fees.
 Deadline: February 17, 2010
The Charles Patrick Halliday
Scholarship for Benevolence
 The Charles Patrick Halliday Scholarship for
Benevolence has been established in the Department
of Languages & Literature to provide scholarships for
students who demonstrate financial need and are
pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a
foreign language..
 Graduate Award • $2,500 award, renewable for a
second year ($5,000 total). • May be used in
conjunction with a graduate fellowship. Eligibility Open
to all full-time resident undergraduate and graduate
students at the University of Utah who have declared a
major in a Foreign Language.
 Deadline: February 15, 2008
"Celebrate Diversity" Mini-Grant
The Diversity office in the Graduate School will help
support those activities that value the various
contributions of traditionally underrepresented students
in Higher Education through a limited number of $1000
 Who Can Submit Proposals?
 University of Utah, faculty, staff and/or registered
student organizations are welcome to submit
 Deadline: All proposals must be received in the
Graduate School office by 5:00 pm thirty (30) days
before the event.
 trial run for paper presentations
Graduate Student Travel
 Applications must be received in the Graduate
School prior to travel dates. Requests are
considered up to a maximum of $400 and must
be supported with a dollar-for-dollar match
from university funds.
 One award only will be made during each fiscal
year (July 1-June 30) to any graduate student.
 trial run for paper presentations
Resources: Conferences
American Association of Teachers of
Spanish and Portuguese
 MALP students take courses in L&L and
 Foundation Courses
 1. LANG 6410
2. CLCS 6600
 Second Language Teaching
 1. LING 6812
2. Linguistics 6818: L2 Testing.
3. Linguistics 6816: Instructional Design
 Four Area Courses in Languages and Literature
 One Elective
MALP Road Map
 Semester 1:
 LANG 6410, CLCS 6600, 1 Area course
 Semester 2:
 LING 6812, LING 6818, 1 area course, 3rd
 Select exam committee.
 Read for exam
 Semester 3:
 2 area courses, 3rd language
 Semester 4:
 LING 6816, 1 elective
MALP exam
 3 areas: SLA, Methodology, Elective
 Committee members represent each of
the three areas.
 Written exams over two days cover three
 Follow-up oral exam a week later.
MALP exam strategy
 Print out reading list and start reading a
year before exam.
 Read complete list, then read it again.
 Get a couple of sample questions and
write answers. Check with your advisor
 Go back to step #2

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