World Languages & Cultures Ph.D.

The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers an Ph.D. in World Languages and Cultures with emphasis in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, or Spanish. The degree requirements vary depending on which area a student chooses. See below for more information on each individual emphasis.

Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies

An emphasis in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (CLCS) is characterized by its unique combination of depth and breadth — a combination that promotes innovative and illuminating intersections among diverse fields of study. All students must choose a minimum of two language/culture areas beyond English. A heterogeneous approach to combining courses and topics is encouraged — an approach that continues in the student’s comprehensive examinations, independent research, and dissertation. For more information click here.


An emphasis in Spanish offers advanced study in the fields of Latin American and Peninsular literary and cultural studies. 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 program, students are mentored in establishing career goals and in networking with the wider research community in order to improve employability. For more information click here.

Last Updated: 9/13/16